As the country’s ruling class becomes increasingly unhappy with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and he appears to be growing weaker, a senior Ukrainian official stated that there are ‘active discussions’ taking place within Russia about how he could be overthrown.
As Ukrainian forces continue their massive counteroffensive with a focus on recapturing the city of Kherson, Russian forces are currently withdrawing from portions of eastern Ukraine.
As they reclaim land that Putin’s forces seized early in the conflict, Ukrainian soldiers have insulted him publicly. In the Donetsk region, a false gravestone for the Russian leader has been erected as his army continues to suffer setbacks.
In addition, there have been concerns regarding Russia’s possession of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, which has been damaged by missile attacks.
The chief of Ukrainian intelligence, major general Kyrylo Budanov, believes that Kherson could be recaptured by the end of November.
According to Major General Budanov, some 40,000 Russian troops are regrouping in the region, including some of the “best-trained and most capable Russian battalions.”
As Ukraine continues to gain momentum against Russia, a counteroffensive to reclaim Crimea, taken by Putin in 2014, might be launched the following year, he suggested.
In an interview with The War Zone, the spy chief stated that pushing Russian forces back to Ukraine’s 1991 boundaries – the year it gained independence – would provide a “good opportunity” to end the conflict.
He even said that this could occur as soon as next year.
Putin is likely to be deposed by the conflict he initiated when he invaded Ukraine in February of this year, according to Maj. Gen. Budanov.
He stated, “It is improbable that he will survive.” Currently, there are active discussions in Russia over his potential successor.’
The head of intelligence also stated that Russia’s prolonged assault on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure was damaging but not “critical.”
In addition, he declined to acknowledge or deny if Ukraine was responsible for the disastrous attack on the Kerch bridge, the only bridge between Russia and Crimea and a crucial supply route for Russia.
Massive explosions strike the strategic Crimean naval port of Sevastopol, which Russia claims is the target of a major Ukrainian drone attack.
By Will Stewart and Arthur Parashar for MailOnline
Massive explosions have been witnessed striking a strategic naval station in occupied Crimea, which Russia claims was the target of a significant Ukrainian drone assault.
According to reports, Russian warships in the Black Sea had to repel an attack in Sevastopol, the main city in Ukraine-annexed Crimea.
According to Ukrainian sources, a number of Russian fleet ships were blown up.
Local media claim that rescuers are still attempting to extinguish a fire on one of the ships this morning.
Residents reported that the explosions’shook’ their homes and windows, and black smoke could be seen rising from the docks.
According to dramatic footage, a Moscow attack chopper destroyed a “underwater drone” in Omega Bay.
The video depicted the chopper hovering above the submerged object before it exploded into flames and billowed smoke.
The submerged device believed to be a drone was apparently following a battleship before being destroyed by the Russian chopper.
In addition to launching missiles, the chopper unleashed machine gun fire.
Governor of Sevastopol, Russia, Mikhail Razvozhayev, stated that there was no damage to the city’s infrastructure.
He stated, “Black Sea Fleet ships are repelling a drone strike in Sevastopol Bay.”
There have been no reports of damage in the city. The situation is manageable. All emergency response services are on standby.
A windowpane shattered in a student dormitory at an art college near the port, but there was no damage, he added.
According to Russian officials, its air defenses deployed from naval warships were compelled to repel a prolonged five-hour Ukrainian bombardment that began at 4.30 a.m.
The Kremlin has also accused an American Global Hawk (RQ-4B) that “flew from Italy” of flying above the Black Sea and monitoring Russian responses to the coordinated Ukrainian assault.
In the vital port that is the headquarters of Putin’s Black Sea Fleet, all passenger ferry services were suspended.
It could be the most brazen attack Ukraine has ever launched on Russian naval assets in Sevastopol.
Razvozhayev stated earlier this week that a drone had bombed a thermal power plant in Sevastopol.
In July, a drone attack again targeted the port-based Russian fleet.
To date, attempts to corroborate Razvozhayev’s assertions that no harm has been done have failed.
The Russian diplomat pleaded with locals not to share footage of the attacks, arguing that doing so would benefit the Kiev government.
“A major request is that you refrain from writing what-where-how much you saw and heard,” he wrote.
‘And do not upload videos.
It should be obvious to everyone that such information is crucial for the UkroNazis to comprehend how our city’s defense is organized.
However, this did not prevent residents from reporting the explosions that occurred during the night.
One resident stated, “At 4:00 a.m., I awoke to a massive boom.” Thankfully, these are [our] air defenses.
Our vessels in Sevastopol Bay repelled a drone assault.
It was a very enjoyable evening.
Another statement read, “Woke up at 5:30 a.m. to an explosion.” Then, some time later, three more…’
A third person remarked, ‘Ten minutes ago, three explosions shook the home…’
Another comment stated, “Woke up to explosions this morning.”
“I’ve never heard anything like that. It rained so heavily that the apartment’s windows trembled.
Putin’s military has been pummeled by Kyiv’s soldiers, and Russia looks to have abandoned its offensive against Ukraine. As a result, Russia is now on the defensive.
Yesterday, British intelligence reported that severely undermanned and poorly trained Russian battalions have halted advancing across the majority of the front line over the past six weeks.
Ukrainian forces advance in both the country’s north and south, moving east from Kharkiv into Luhansk and advancing toward Kherson.
Analysts from the Ministry of Defense noted that at Kherson, companies of soldiers that should have consisted of 100 men fought with only six to eight men.
Despite Putin’s efforts to reinforce these forces with conscripted soldiers, it is unclear that Russia will be able to resume its offensive in the near future.
Earlier in the week, it appeared that Russia might withdraw from the city of Kherson, but Ukraine now fears that Putin is actually bolstering its defenses.
The chief of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, stated earlier this week that Russia has been evacuating civilians, but is deploying military troops into urban areas, constructing defenses, and planning to battle for the city.
The evacuation and discussion of withdrawal by Russia’s top commander may have been an attempt to entice Ukraine into a costly urban war, he continued.