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Russian Troops Accidentally Shoot Down Their Own Aircraft, Sabotage Equipment, Refuse To Carry Out Orders: Report

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GOMEL, BELARUS - FEBRUARY 15 : OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missile fired during the Allied Determination-2022 military drill of Russian and Belarusian armed forces in Gomel, Belarus on February 15, 2022.
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Russian soldiers have allegedly shot down their own aircraft while others have reportedly sabotaged their own equipment and have refused to carry out orders, according to a top British intelligence official.

Sir Jeremy Fleming, the Director of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Cyber and Security Agency, will reportedly reveal the details in a speech that he is set to deliver in Australia on Thursday.

“Demoralized Russian soldiers in Ukraine have accidentally shot down their own aircraft, sabotaged their own kit and refused to carry out orders,” Sky News reporter Deborah Haynes tweeted. “The @GCHQ director will also say Wagner, the Russian private military company, is understood to be prepared to ‘send large numbers of personnel into Ukraine to fight alongside Russians.’ They will likely be used as ‘cannon fodder’ to try to limit Russian military losses.”

“Sir Jeremy is also set to say the risks are greater for China than Russia of the two authoritarian states being too closely aligned with each other. And he will reveal indications that Russian cyber attackers are ‘looking for targets’ in countries opposed to Russia’s war in [Ukraine],” she continued. “The @GCHQ director will say Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth about what is unfolding in Ukraine, according to an advance copy of the speech, which is taking place at the Australian National University in Canberra.”

“But ‘what’s going on & the extent of these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime.’ Missteps = misjudging [Ukrainian] resistance; underestimating strength of western response; underplaying economic consequences; over-estimating abilities of [Russia’s] military to secure quick win,” she continued. “Revealing details about the state of the Russian military operation, Sir Jeremy is expected to say: ‘We’ve seen Russian soldiers – short of weapons and morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft.'”

The report comes after Haynes reported last week that Russian troops had intentionally killed one of their brigade commanders due to the staggering number of losses the unit had suffered.

“Colonel Medvechek, commander of 37 Motor Rifle Brigade, was run over by his soldiers,” she tweeted. “The brigade commander of one of the units was killed by his own troops…we believe, as a consequence of the scale of loss that had been taken by his brigade.”

Russia has lost approximately seven generals during the fighting, according to reports from last week.

“Ukraine’s defence ministry says another Russian general, Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, was killed in a strike near the southern city of Kherson. Rezantsev was the commander of Russia’s 49th combined army,” the BBC reported. “A western official said he was the seventh general to die in Ukraine, and the second lieutenant general – the highest rank officer reportedly killed.”

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