Saturday, April 8, 2023

Ex-CIA Chief Dubs Putin ‘dead man walking,’ Predicts Violent Regime Change in Russia; Former Aidar Commander Gives Four Requirements for Successful Ukrainian Counter-Offensive; Ukrainian Forces Repel Almost 70 Russian Attacks; Ukraine Destroys 14 out of 17 Drones Russia Launched Overnight, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

NY POST: Ex-CIA chief dubs Putin ‘dead man walking,’ predicts violent regime change in Russia:
Russia’s Vladimir Putin could be eliminated by his own military brass fed up with catastrophic losses in Ukraine, which would finally bring the war to an end, according to an ex-CIA official.
James Olson, a decorated former chief of counterintelligence, labeled Putin a “dead man walking” in a candid exclusive interview with the Sun.
“It is not going well at all. I believe Putin is in a no-win situation now,” the 30-year veteran of the spy agency said.
According to Olson, Putin will never agree to withdraw his forces from Ukraine until they assume complete control over the four partially occupied regions that were illegally annexed by Russia in the fall.
“If Putin stays in power, there will be a long war because he will not give up — but I do not think that Putin is going to stay in power,” Olson said. “I believe that he will be removed from power.”
Olson said the 70-year-old Russian leader could either be deposed in an uprising or killed.
“I think Putin will be taken out,” he said. “I would not rule out assassination.”
The retired spymaster and author, who serves as professor of international affairs at Texas A&M University, opined that Russia’s military leaders are “disgusted” by the high casualty rate in Ukraine. --->READ MORE HERE
Former Aidar commander gives four requirements for successful Ukrainian counter-offensive:
Former Aidar Battalion commander, Yevhen Dykyi, has told Radio NV the four requirements for a successful Ukrainian counter-offensive and assessed the preparation of Ukrainian conscripts.
"It's pretty obvious. We need four things for a successful counter-offensive: (1) people, (2) equipment for them, including heavy weapons, (3) ammunition such as artillery shells and rockets for multiple launchers, and the last thing is (4) solid ground under the trucks (of tanks)," Dykyi told Radio NV.
On the first point, Ukraine has sufficient personnel right now, Dykyi clarified.
"We don't consider the quality of their training. We are talking only about a huge number of recently mobilized soldiers. They're training right now. The quality of training varies from absolutely zero to very high quality. It depends a lot on the lower and middle commanders, on how they organize it," he added.
Some programs have the recruits chasing each other through the training grounds, which greatly increases their chances of survival, but there are others where they just drink alcohol and wait to be sent to the front, Dykyi said. --->READ MORE HERE
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