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”.

Read our Ukraine-Russia blog below for the latest updates…

  • Liz Truss will visit Ukraine if she becomes PM

    The Sun has revealed the PM hopeful Liz Truss will visit Ukraine early in her premiership, should she win the leadership election.

    She wants to send a message early on that Britain will remain Kyiv’s best friend after Boris Johnson leaves No10.

    A source close to Ms Truss told The Sun on Sunday: “Obviously Boris and Zelensky have a very close personal relationship.

    “But our relationship with Ukraine is so important it transcends one person. 

    “It is very high up her agenda.”

  • The latest on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    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.”

  • One dead, one injured in Kharkiv bombings

    One person has died today following a bombing of Kharkiv’s historic district.

    “The enemy continues to terrorize civilians in Kharkiv Oblast,” Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

    Earlier reports suggested that there had been no fatalities during this attack.

  • Zelensky hails nuclear power plant workers

    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,” Zelensky said during his nightly address, CNN reports. 

    “Currently, the station is connected to the network. Congratulations! It produces energy for Ukraine.”

  • Almost three-quarters of Donetsk’s population has been evacuated

    As Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine rages on, civilians continue to be forced from their homes.

    According to regional head Pavlo Kyrylenko, almost 1/3 of the area’s population has fled.

    The official went on to add that Ukrainian forces continue to hold approximately 40% of the area.

  • Latvia to remove pro-Russian monument

    Latvia has begun work on dismantling a Soviet-era pro-Russia monument that commemorates the defeat of Hitler by the Red Army.

    Speaking on the decision, Riga’s executive director, Janis Lange said: “For Latvians, this monument symbolises Latvia’s occupation after the Second World War and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we can’t tolerate it anymore.”

    However, this choice has caused some anger among the country’s ethnically Russian minority.

    Dmitry Prokopenko, a supporter of the monument said:  “Riga is half Latvian, half Russian, and I think that one part of the state, one part of the country should also respect the rights of the other part.”

  • Risk of Nuclear fallout at Europe’s largest power station, operator claims

    The risk of damage to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station is high, state energy operator Energoatom has stated.

    This comes after Russian forces repeatedly shelled areas around the plant.

    “As a result of periodic shelling, the infrastructure of the station has been damaged, there are risks of hydrogen leakage and sputtering of radioactive substances, and the fire hazard is high,” Energoatom said on Telegram.

  • A visual look at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    The Ministry of Defence has provided Brits with a visual look at the current situation in Ukraine.

    Russia continues to push its forces through the eastern regions of Ukraine

    Meanwhile, reports suggest that Russia’s losses have surpassed 45,000.

  • Zelensky offers stark warning to Russian troops

    The Ukrainian president did not mince his words when speaking on the country’s aviation day.

    Zelensky said Ukraine will “destroy the occupiers’ potential step by step”.

    In a powerful speech, he added that Putin’s forces “will die like dew on the sun”.

  • Russian rockets hit Kharkiv’s historical district

    A Russian bombardment has hit Kharkiv’s historical district, injuring one.

    Police report that the attack left a large crater in one of the city’s historic streets.

  • 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, CNN 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, CNN 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.



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