Russian general cut live on TV as he admits ‘lying’ in Putin defeat

Russian commander's interview gets disconnected

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The former commander Andrey Gurulyov was revealing the reasons why Russian troops were forced to retreat from Lyman when the line was suddenly cut out. He was telling Russian listeners how Putin’s war propaganda and “constant lying” by generals were hurting the army’s advances into Ukraine. Military troops were forced to retreat from strategic city of Lyman in a humiliating move for the Kremlin.

While explaining the reason for the Russian retreat from Lyman, the State Duma MP admitted: “The problem we have is the constant delivery of good reports, or you can call it constant lying.

“The system does not go from bottom to the top, but top to bottom…”

 As he was denouncing Putin’s war propaganda and lying among generals, Mr Gurulyov was suddently cut out of air without explanation, showing the Skype logo on screen.

When previously asked to detail the reasons for the Russian retreat, Mr Gurulyov was unable to give a single motive.

He said: “I can’t explain the surrender of Krasnyi Lyman.”

Russian radio host Sergey Mardan joked: “Excellent answer.”

Mr Gurulyov said: “Honestly, from a military standpoint, I can’t explain it.”

The State Duma member continued: “Perhaps, this is a landmark milestone not only in the military sense.”

But all hell then broke loose when he erupted: “I honestly can’t understand why after all this time, they couldn’t accurately appraise the situation, why they didn’t make a decision to reinforce the group that was defending Lyman.

“No matter how heroically they fought, there’s an elementary calculation of military capabilities, which shows whether Lyman could be held, or not.”

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Russian forces were forced to pull out of the strategic city of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, as Ukrainian forces had encircled them. 

“In connection with the creation of a threat of encirclement, allied troops were withdrawn from the settlement of Krasny Liman to more advantageous lines,” the Russian Defence Ministry admitted on Telegram, using the Russian name for the town of Lyman.

Russian state media Russia-24 reported that the reason for Russia’s withdrawal was because “the enemy used both Western-made artillery and intelligence from North Atlantic alliance countries.”

The Ukrainian counteroffensive is making significant advances into the illegally annexed Donetsk provinces despite Vladimir Putin’s threat to use all the means necessary to protect the four regions he annexed on Friday.

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