Ukrainian diplomat slams desperate Putin over bad situation

Putin is 'in charge and he will fight back' warns Tobias Ellwood

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Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Kremlin’s current position in the ex-Soviet state. However, he went on to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin as “desperate” and compared the invasion of Ukraine to a game of chess.

Kyiv’s ex-Foreign Minister said: “He’s trying to intimidate everybody, us and the West with the nuclear [threat].

“This is the sure sign that he is desperate.

“Desperate to move the figures of the board of chess we are playing with him.

“Now he is in a very bad situation, his position is very bad.”

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Mr Prystaiko added: “He might mean it but I don’t believe that this move will be successful.”

The Ukrainian diplomat went on to suggest Putin had threatened the West with a nuclear response because Volodymyr Zelensky’s troops had pushed Russia back.

He said: “Now we are finally at the point when we can fight with him on par.”

Mr Prystaiko’s comments come hours after the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) claimed Russian troops had been hit by both desertions and refusals.

In an intelligence update, the MoD said: “Russian forces in Ukraine continue to experience personnel shortages.

“The Russia Duma voted on September 20 to amend a law which extends punishments for defaulting troops.

“This is likely intended to limit the number of desertions and refusals and thereby to mitigate some of the immediate pressures.

“The Russian civilian and military leadership has faced significant pressure over the last two weeks.

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“These new measures have highly likely been brought forwards due to public criticism and mark a further development in Russia’s strategy.”

The update added: “Putin is accepting greater political risk by undermining the fiction that Russia is neither in a war nor a national crisis in the hope of generating more combat power.”

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