Putin silences Russian officials who dare to criticize the invasion of Ukraine and has banned the media from quoting them

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The Kremlin drew up a blacklist that it gave to all state channels so that criticism is not broadcast. Seeks to minimize the impact of the defeat in Kherson

Putin silences Russian officials who dare criticize the invasion of Ukraine and has banned the media quote them

Vladimir Putin (Reuters)

Vladimir Putin began a campaign to silence Russian officials who have dared to criticize his invasion of Ukraine, in which at least 100,000 Russian soldiers have died.

The blacklist of officials who have been critical of the war has been released to the media. communication with the instruction that they stop citing them in their reports, as revealed to the Russian media outlet Verstka by sources close to the Duma (Parliament)a and the operation of the media.

Among those on the list, he detailed the Daily Mail,there is Andrei Kartopolov, head of the Duma Defense Committee, who last month asked the Kremlin to “stop lying” to the Russians about the losses in the airfield battle in Ukraine.

Putin silences Russian officials who dare criticize the invasion of Ukraine and has banned the media quote them

Andrei Kartopolov, head of the Duma Defense Committee

Another is Andrei Gurulev, a senior member of the Duma, who criticized a commander after Russia's defeat in the Ukrainian city of Lyman,” a source told the Russian media outlet.

Gurulev also said that Russian commanders are too afraid to tell Putin about battlefield losses.

Putin silences Russian officials who dare criticize the invasion of Ukraine and has banned the media from quoting them

Andrei Gurulev, a senior Duma member

A source close to the Duma said that Putin ordered state media to avoid citing officials who have been critical of the war.

Miscellaneous Russian military officers and bloggers, who were initially positive about Putin's invasion of Ukraine, have become increasingly critical of the rulings of Moscow's generals since kyiv recaptured large swathes of the country's northeast in September.

Senior Russian officials have also lashed out at the Kremlin over the surrender in Kherson, after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Sergei Surovikin were taken on state television last night to announce it.

Ukrainian troops liberated the city of Kherson, in the south of the country, on Friday and claimed an “important victory” against Russia, which withdrew its forces from the only regional capital they had managed to take in nearly nine months of fighting.

Putin silences Russian officials who dare criticize the invasion of Ukraine and banned the media of communication quote them

A Ukrainian soldier waves the national flag in the village of Klapaya, in the Kherson region of Ukraine, in this screenshot obtained from a video released on November 11, 2022 (Reuters)

“Today is a historic day!” declared Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. Kherson is “ours”, he proclaimed, specifying that the army was on the outskirts of the city, although “special units” had already entered the city.

The Russian withdrawal, the third major since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, represents a severe setback for President Vladimir Putin, who at the end of September proclaimed the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, including Kherson.

The Ukrainian army entered Kherson, a key city in the south of the country, this Friday after the withdrawal of Russian forces

Putin had promised to defend those regions “by all means” and threatened between the lines to resort to nuclear weapons.

But in the face of the Ukrainian counter-offensive launched in late summer, the Russian military announced on Wednesday that it was leaving the northern part of the region, including its namesake capital, to consolidate positions on the opposite bank of the Dnieper River, a natural barrier.

“More than 30,000 Russian soldiers and about 5,000 pieces of weapons and military vehicles were withdrawn” from the west bank of the Dnieper , the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

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