Putin could be ousted at ‘any time’ by ‘mentally unstable lunatic’, expert claims

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PUTIN could be replaced at “any time”, as a series of “mentally unstable” Russian officials wait in the wings to oust the bloodthirsty dictator, an expert has claimed.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Olga Lautman, Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington DC, outlined just how a select few bloodthirsty Russian officials could take over from Putin.

“There is loyalty towards Putin until there is not,” she said. “As much as someone is trusted, they can turn on Putin at any moment.

“The danger can come from within his inner circle. Putin is aware of this, hence his paranoia.

“Putin knows all too well how to eliminate people who may have secrets on him.”

Lautman describes one of the frontrunners to replace Putin, Sergey Glazyev, as a “lunatic” who has frequently discussed “nuking the whole West”.

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  • Putin’s replacement could be even worse, expert claims

    Three potential frontrunners in the race to succeed Russia’s president include spy chiefs and a man who has warned of a global war between Russia and the West.

    Olga Lautman, Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington DC told The Sun Online: “For every Putin, there are 100 others waiting in the wings who could be just as cruel.

    “Until that cruelty against civilians and disregard for human lives is erased, no good leader will emerge in Russia.”

    And she argues that Putin’s replacement could be far worse.

    Lautman describes one option named Glazyev as a “lunatic”, who has frequently discussed “nuking the whole West”.

    She adds that he is “more mentally unstable and fascist than Putin,” and that his belief system comes out of a sense that “the West needs to be destroyed”.

  • MoD provides latest update on Ukraine invasion

    The Ministry of Defence has provided an update on the current situation in Ukraine.

    The statement reads: “Over the last five days, there has probably been an increase in the intensity of Russian assaults along the Donetsk sector of the Donbas. North of Donetsk city, there has been intense fighting near the towns of Siversk and Bakhmut.

    “Pro-Russian separatist militia have probably made some progress towards the centre of the village of Pisky, near Donetsk Airport. However, overall, Russian forces have secured few territorial gains.

    “There is a real possibility that Russia has increased its efforts in the Donbas in an attempt to draw in or fix additional Ukrainian units, amid speculation that Ukraine is planning a major counter-offensive.”

  • Ukrainian officers trained at Sandhurst complete 44-week course

    An officer cadet trained at Britain’s iconic military school Sandhurst has spoken about his time there.

    In a video released by the iconic military institution, the cadet spoke on how valuable his training has been, before returning to his homeland.

    Britain, as well as a number of other countries, have committed to providing Ukrainian troops with training and military expertise.

  • Russian losses continue to mount

    As Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine rages on, his forces continue to dwindle.

    According to Ukrainian military intelligence, Russia has lost approximately 46,500 troops.

    On top of that, Putin’s forces have lost 234 planes and almost 2,000 tanks.

  • Second nuclear reactor reconnected to power grid

    Ukraine’s state nuclear company has announced that both reactors are now up and running.

    A nuclear disaster has been avoided, Energoatom, the company that owns Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has announced.

    Two of the site’s reactors had been disconnected from the power grid, which could have very dangerous consequences.

    The first reactor was reconnected on Friday.

  • Six undersea minehunter drones donated to Ukraine from UK

    Six underwater drones have been given to Ukraine by Britain’s Defence Ministry, to help clear its coastline of mines and make grain shipments safer, Al-Jazeera reports.

  • Ukraine shelled area of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant three times, Russia insists

    Ukrainian forces shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant complex three times in the last 24 hours, Russia’s Defence Ministry claims.

    Kyiv did not provide a quick response to the allegation, and Reuters and Al Jazeera could not confirm the battlefield report.

  • UN nuclear treaty THWARTED by Russia

    A UN treaty regarded as the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament was thwarted by Russia during a four-week review of the final document.

    According to Al-Jazeera, it lambasted Moscow’s forced takeover of Europe’s biggest nuclear plant soon after Russian soldiers invaded Ukraine.

    Igor Vishnevetsky, Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, said that there was no consensus during the delayed final meeting of the conference revisiting the 50-year-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

    The NPT, which 191 signatories revisit every five years, intends to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

  • Ukrainian troops have devastated strategic bridge

    Ukrainian troops have devastated a vital bridge used by invading Russian forces in the southern Kherson region, claims Ukraine’s southern military command.

    The Guardian reports that the Daryivskiy Bridge is the only Russian-controlled crossing across the Inhulets river.

  • UN inspectors plan to make URGENT trip to Zaporizhzhia plant

    Inspectors working for the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog plan to make an urgent trip to the Zaporizhzhia plant.

    Sources informed the Wall Street Journal it is “almost certain” that a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency will inspect the plant early next week.

  • Putin ally confirms talks with Zelensky possible under certain conditions

    Ex Russian president Dmitry Medvedev told French TV station LCI on Friday that talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are possible “under certain conditions.”

    He added: “Renouncing (Ukraine’s) participation in the North Atlantic alliance is now vital, but it is already insufficient in order to establish peace.”

  • Russia presents a ‘strategic challenge’ in the Arctic, claims NATO

    NATO’s Secretary General warned about the threats Russia presents to Arctic defence during a trip to Canada.

    “NATO’s new strategic concept identifies Russia’s capabilities in the high north as a strategic challenge for the whole alliance.

    “Russia has set up a new Arctic command, it has opened hundreds of new and former Soviet-era Arctic military sites, including airfields and deep water ports.

    “Russia is also using the region as a test-bed for many of its new and novel weapons systems,” stated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a news conference in Cold Lake, Alberta, alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, TSWT reports.

  • Zaporizhzhia workers congratulated by Zelensky for reconnecting the plant to Ukraine’s grid

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated workers at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after they managed to reconnect it to Ukraine’s national grid on Friday.

    “Our nuclear scientists, all specialists in the energy industry, managed to protect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from the worst-case scenario, which is constantly being provoked by Russian forces. Currently, the station is connected to the network. Congratulations! It produces energy for Ukraine,” Zelensky said during his daily nighttime address, TSWT reports.

  • Third American death in Ukraine war confirmed by US State Department

    Another American citizen has been killed in the Ukraine war, the US State Department confirmed.

    “We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Ukraine,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comment at this time.”  

    No other details about this citizen have been revealed yet.

  • Potassium iodide tablets being distributed in Zaporizhzhia in case of radiation LEAK

    Potassium iodide is being distributed to residents living near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by local authorities, a Ukrainian official confirmed to NBC News.

    The scheme started yesterday. Regional health authorities are warning people to preserve the tablets in case there is a future radiation leak.

    Volodymyr Marchuk, a spokesman for the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, said to NBC News that the government would tell residents to take the tablets, which can be used as a medication to treat radiation emergencies.

  • Two vessels carrying URGENT agricultural products approved to leave Ukraine

    The Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) has confirmed that two vessels carrying 58,750 metric tons of grain have been approved to leave Ukraine.

    The news was reported on by TSWT.

  • NBC host Jimmy Fallon has spoken with Zelensky

    NBC late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have recently spoken, the latter confirmed.

    “We discussed options for cooperation that would bring even more world attention to the events in Ukraine. This topic needs to be continuously raised to the top, and famous people can help us with this,” Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram.

    “Jimmy, thank you for your attention to Ukraine and our struggle for freedom. We will be glad to see you on Ukrainian land,” Zelenskyy added.

  • Roughly 4.34million cubic metres of gas is being burned

    Analysts at Rystad Energy calculate around 4.34million cubic metres of gas is being burned by the flare every day, worth $10million.

    The research company’s Sindre Knutsson said: “While the exact reasons for the flaring are unknown, the volumes, emissions and location of the flare are a visible reminder of Russia’s dominance in Europe’s energy markets.

    “There could not be a clearer signal – Russia can bring energy prices down tomorrow.

    “This is gas that would otherwise have been exported via Nord Stream 1 or alternatives.”

  • Putin is BURNING OFF £9million of gas a day instead of supplying the West

    Satellite pics show Vladimir Putin is burning £8.4million of unused gas every day – while families face crippling energy bill hikes.

    Massive orange flames are seen shooting into the sky at a natural gas plant after Russia shut the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe.

    International gas prices rocketed after Russia invaded Ukraine, and spiked again after it shut off the undersea pipeline.

    Households across Europe face potential blackouts and energy rationing, while today the UK price cap almost doubled.

    Putin has been accused of putting a squeeze on Europe in revenge for its support for Ukraine and sanctions on the regime.

    And now images from space show gas “flaring” on a massive scale at Gazprom’s compressor plant at Portovaya north of St Petersburg.

    Locals across the border in Finland had previously spotted giant orange flames rising from the plant since late June.

  • Snoozing Russian soldier gets terrifying wake-up call

    A snoozing Russian soldier received a terrifying wake-up call when a Ukrainian drone dropped a BOMB next to him.

    Dramatic footage claims to have captured the troop springing from his slumber in the trench as the missile explodes.

    He had dozed off in the ditch clutching his rifle when his cat-nap was spectacularly interrupted by the surprise ambush.

    The clip shows the drone hovering directly above the resting Russian before deploying what appears to be a home-made bomb.

    It falls just inches to the right of his makeshift boudoir and erupts upon impact, sending plumes of black smoke billowing.

    Putin’s startled goon stumbles out of the foxhole as debris flies across him, although the majority of shrapnel seems to have missed him.

  • Russian-held nuclear plant resumes electricity supply to Ukraine

    The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant resumed electricity supplies to Ukraine on Friday after one of its six reactors was reconnected to the Ukrainian grid, state nuclear company Energoatom said.

    Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which is located in southern Ukraine, was disconnected from the Ukrainian grid for the first time in its history on Thursday after a fire caused by shelling damaged a power line, Kyiv said earlier.

  • UN to provide aid for 70,000 Ukrainians

    The United Nations has announced plans to help a further 70,000 Ukrainians.

    Since Russia’s brutal invasion began, the UN has provided approximately $60 to 140,000 Ukrainians.

    Those seeking aid should apply via the Ukrainian government website.

  • Moscow is committed to Ukraine grain deal, Russian Foreign Ministry claims

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Russia is committed to a Turkish-brokered deal to unblock grain exports from Ukraine struck in Istanbul last month.

    Writing on Telegram, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia is “entirely committed” to the deal.

  • Belarusian warplanes receive nuclear modifications, president claims

    Belarusian SU-24 warplanes have been modified to carry nuclear weapons according to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

    The move, previously agreed with Vladimir Putin, was revealed to reporters by Mr Lukashenko on Friday.

    Belarus does not have its own nuclear weapons but is an ally of Russia.

  • Terrifying images show Russian troops massing at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant

    Fears of a Chornobyl-style meltdown are continuing to grow as chilling images emerge of Russian troops gathering at the Zaporizhzhia power plant.

    The pictures, shared by the UK’s Ministry of Defence, show Russian armoured personnel carriers and military cargo trucks just 60 metres from reactor five of the six-reactor nuke plant in Zaporizhzhia, southern Ukraine.

    Reports have emerged of Ukrainian workers allegedly being tortured at the plant.

    Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are set to be granted access to the plant in the coming days.

    Russian state media TASS reports that “employees of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were arrested for informing the Ukrainian Army of the location of Russian military equipment at the plant”.

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