Vladimir Putin is becoming increasingly concerned about his own inner circle as the violent Ukraine invasion takes a terrible toll on Russia’s soldiers.
As the war limps into its third week, the humiliated autocrat, 69, appears to be hunting for someone to blame. Russia is dealing with declining army morale and stubborn Ukrainian resistance.
Russia’s push into Kyiv has been halted by a series of logistical setbacks and resupply issues, indicating that things are plainly not going as planned for the Kremlin.
The Russian tyrant appears to be growing increasingly nervous behind the scenes, fearful that someone close to him could poison him.
Boris Karpichkov, a former KGB spy now living in exile in the UK, said Putin is now “completely losing his mind” over the state of the Ukraine war.
The ex-double agent, 62, told The Sun Online: “Putin lost the war before he even started it – and it happened a long time before this maniac idea flew into his sick head.
“He turned out to be a psychopath really heavily obsessed with paranoid ideas and conspiracy theories against himself and about non existent threats Russia allegedly faces from the rest of the world.”
Putin was cagey and mistrustful long before he stepped into the role of president, Mr Karpichkov said.
The ex-spy said people who knew him before noted his “pathologically abnormal craving for personal enrichment by any means”.
And the Russian leader showed an “absence of any moral principles and barriers, multiplied by careerism, hypocrisy, dishonesty and deceit”.
“I am really disgusted, appalled and sickened that Putin is a former KGB officer, like me,” he said.
“Now, looking at Putin, anyone can judge and consider everyone who belonged to this organisation to be a monster like Putin.
“But being an ex member of the KGB and, then working for the Russian security service, FSB, I can try to expound what thoughts are inside his skull, what drove him to show his true face of the monster.”
Mr Karpichkov said: “Putin doesn’t care and has already started literally marching over dead bodies under his feet – regardless of whether corpses belong to Ukrainians, or to his own Russian fellow citizens.
“Based on the fact that Putin is now using barbaric cluster bombs and missiles and using these horrible weapons against civilians, this is a sign Putin is completely losing his patience and his mind.”
He added: “The fact his troops were unable so far to accomplish the mission Putin put to them, really infuriates Putin.
“What’s going on with Putin and what’s inside his head cannot be explained and ‘justified’ – regardless of whether or not there was allegedly some ‘legitimate’ cause to attack Ukraine first.”
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