According to foreign media reporting, Kate Bedingfield, the White House communication director, said on Mar 30th the U.S. believed that Putin was misinformed by his advisors about how badly the Russian military was performing and how the Russian economy was crippled by sanctions because they were too afraid to tell him the truth. Putin felt misled by the Russian military, which resulted in persistent tension between him and his military leadership.
Jeremy Fleming, the director general of the UK’s Government Communication Headquarters, said there was evidence that Russian soldiers were short of weapons and morale, refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft. Putin’s advisors were hiding from him the truth about what was happening in Ukraine, which contributed to his massive misjudgment about the situation on the ground.
John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, said if Putin was fully informed about the developments of the war in Ukraine, he might not be determined to end this war by means of peace negotiation and no one knew how Putin would respond to the bad news.