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UK Spy Agency Says Russia Misjudged Situation in Ukraine

The head of the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ says that Russia massively misjudged the situation in Ukraine.

Sir Jeremy Fleming said president Putin’s advisers are not telling him the truth about the situation in Ukraine.

In a rare speech during a visit to Australia, he said that Russian soldiers, short of weapons and morale, had refused to carry out orders, sabotaged their own equipment and even accidentally shot down their own aircraft.

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Sir Jeremy Fleming also said china’s long-term interests are not well served by an alliance with a country that ignores the international “rules of the road”.

While he said the kremlin views china as a market for its oil and gas and a way to circumvent sanctions, china’s president xi has a more nuanced view of the relationship.

China has not condemned the invasion of Ukraine and Sir Jeremy said that with “an eye on retaking Taiwan”, xi would not want to do anything which might constrain his actions in future.

Similarly, the white house says it has intelligence of tensions between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his military leadership

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