'Are we fighting or masturbating?' Russian army 'wants all-out war'

‘Are we fighting a war or masturbating?’ Russia’s military ‘is furious that Putin has down-scaled Ukraine invasion to focus on Donbas and is calling for all-out WAR’

  • Pro-Putin YouTuber and Spetsnaz vet pleas with Putin for massive war escalation
  • Military Telegram channels and social media sites are awash with pro-war cries
  • Many believe pushing more resources into Ukraine will turn tide in Putin’s favour
  • FSB general put in notorious Moscow jail ‘under charges of intelligence failings’

The Russian military is furious that Putin has downsized the invasion of Ukraine and called for a new escalation of the conflict.

As the Kremlin’s war effort stumbles against a dogged Ukrainian resistance, leading figures in the Red Army have reportedly begged Putin to take the country for good.

Military and pro-war Telegram channels are now flooded with calls to commit greater resources to Ukraine and ‘fight NATO’, according to Russian news agency Agenta.

Special forces veteran Alexander Arutyunov pleaded with Putin to upscale the invasion in a viral post, asking: ‘Vladimir Vladimirovich, are we fighting a war or masturbating?’

In a viral rant posted by YouTuber and Spetsnaz special forces veteran Alexander Arutyunov, whose channel Razvedos has almost 18million views, Arutyunov slammed the pivot to the eastern Donbas region.

He asked Putin directly: ‘Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, please decide, are we fighting a war or are we masturbating?

‘We need to stop this dry h***job.’ 

Meanwhile Russian Air Force Telegram FighterBomber wrote to members: ‘We’ll further increase air defense units on the border with Ukraine in order to cover our territory from ballistic missile strikes, but it is also clear that NATO countries have far more weapons than Russia.’

Pro-war factions now believe Russia is fighting NATO, not just Ukraine. That means committing the nation’s entire forces, they claim.

Deputy commander Rustam Minnekayev hinted at this when he suggested Russia forge a corridor from the Donbas to Moldova in striking comments last week. 

A Ukrainian volunteer soldier is pictured repairing a tank in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine today

A wrecked museum in Irpin, a war-torn Kyiv suburb which was the scene of intense fighting

A man transports his mattress on a wheelbarrow, Irpin. The suburb reportedly has mass graves

He said: ‘[We must] establish full control over the Donbas and Southern Ukraine. This will provide a land corridor to the Crimea, as well as influence the vital objects of the Ukrainian economy.

‘Control over the south of Ukraine is another way out to Transnistria [the pro-Russia breakaway region of Moldova], where there are also facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.’

It’s not yet clear that control over Moldovan territory is a priority for Moscow – but Minnekayev’s comments suggest it is something army leaders are pushing for.

Crowds queue for essential supplies in Zaporizhzhia, east of the Dnieper river, near the Donbas

An American painter surveys the scene at Irpin Bridge destroyed early in Russia’s invasion

Agenta also stated leading spies had confirmed controversial reports that an FSB general is locked up in Russia’s most notorious prison for ‘intelligence failings’.

Colonel General Sergei Beseda is reportedly behind bars at Lefortovo for his role in the flagging war.

This has been strenuously denied by the Kremlin, which has even altered the name on Beseda’s prison records. 

A Spetsnaz contact told the agency: ‘Well done!’ A source at the Service of Economic Security of the FSB added: ‘All true!’

The mutiny follows news that Russia will be unable to fight another war for ‘years’ due to mass equipment losses in Ukraine. 

Putin will struggle in the Donbas because vital ‘inventories are getting low’, according to Washington analyst Mark Cancian.

Wrecked Kremlin equipment now amounts to 939 tanks, 185 planes, 155 helicopters, 421 artillery units and eight ships, the Ukrainian army estimated this morning.

When Russian forces entered Ukraine on February 24, the invading Moscow military dwarfed Ukraine’s, prompting many to believe the war would be swift and effective.

The Ukrainian Army updates its latest – and rising – estimates of Russian losses each morning

Putin, pictured looking sheepish at a meeting yesterday with the UN Secretary-General yesterday, may be emasculated for years to come due to his military’s costly failure in Ukraine

The Moskva battleship (pictured as it sunk two weeks ago) is Russia’s highest-profile loss so far

Russia’s land army consisted of 280,000 full-time active soldiers compared with Ukraine’s 125,600.

But the amount of Russian soldiers needed to seize the whole country and control the entire population would be close to 1 million, according to Michael Clarke, a visiting professor at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies.

That suggests the Kremlin woefully underestimated the amount of force needed to pummel its neighbour into submission.

A flood of Ukrainian conscripts, high-tech weaponry sent by NATO countries and Russian strategic failures have all helped to turn the tide in Kyiv’s favour.

Ukraine war timeline: Putin’s invasion enters its third month

Russia heads into the third month of its invasion of Ukraine on Sunday with no end in sight to fighting that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced cities to rubble.

In the face of mounting sanctions and fierce Ukrainian resistance bolstered by Western arms, Russia has kept up its long-distance bombardment and opened up a new offensive in the east.

Some key events so far:

February 24: Russia invades Ukraine from three fronts in the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two. Tens of thousands flee. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is launching a ‘special military operation’ to demilitarise and ‘denazify’ Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tweets: ‘Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself.’ 

February 25: Ukrainian forces battle Russian invaders in the north, east and south. Artillery pounds Kyiv and its suburbs and authorities tell residents to prepare Molotov cocktails to defend the capital. 

February 26: A U.S. defence official says Ukraine’s forces are putting up ‘determined resistance’. 

February 28: The first talks between the two sides make no breakthrough. 

March 1: Russia hits a TV tower in Kyiv and intensifies bombardment of Kharkiv in the northeast and other cities, in what is seen as a shift in tactics as Moscow’s hopes of a quick charge on the capital fade.

A U.S. official says a miles-long Russian armoured column bearing down on Kyiv has not made any advances in the past 24 hours, bogged down by logistical problems.

March 2: Russian forces bombard the southern port of Mariupol for 14 hours and stop civilians leaving, its mayor says – the start of Moscow’s blockade of the city. Russia denies targeting civilians.

Russian troops reach the centre of the Black Sea port of Kherson and claim their first capture of a large urban centre. 

March 3: Russia and Ukraine agree to set up humanitarian corridors for fleeing civilians. A cargo ship sinks near a Ukrainian port hours after another is hit by a blast at another port.

A million people have fled Ukraine, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) says.

March 4: Russian forces seize Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s biggest. NATO rejects Ukraine’s appeal for no-fly zones, saying it would escalate the conflict.

March 6: ‘Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine,’ Pope Francis tells crowds in St. Peter’s Square. ‘This is not just a military operation, but a war, which sows death, destruction, and misery.’

March 8: Civilians flee the besieged city of Sumy in the first successful humanitarian corridor. Two million have now fled Ukraine, the UNHCR says. 

March 9: Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing a maternity hospital in Mariupol, burying people in rubble. Russia later says the hospital was no longer functioning and had been occupied by Ukrainian fighters.

March 13: Russia extends its war deep into western Ukraine, firing missiles at a base in Yavoriv close to the border with NATO member Poland. The attack kills 35 people and wounds 134, a local official says.

March 14: Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova bursts into a state TV studio during a live news bulletin, with a banner reading: ‘NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They are lying to you here.’

March 16: Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing a theatre in Mariupol where hundreds of civilians are sheltering. Moscow denies it.

March 25: Moscow signals it is scaling back its ambitions and will focus on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists in the east, as Ukrainian forces go on the offensive to recapture towns outside Kyiv.

March 29: Ukraine proposes adopting a neutral status during talks in Istanbul.

March 30: More than 4 million people have fled Ukraine, the UNHCR says.

April 1: Ukraine recaptures more territory around Kyiv from Russian soldiers who leave shattered villages and abandoned tanks as they move away from the capital.

April 3/4: Ukraine accuses Russia of war crimes after a mass grave and bodies of people shot at close range are found in the recaptured town of Bucha. The Kremlin denies responsibility and says images of bodies were staged.

April 8: Ukraine and its allies blame Russia for a missile attack on a train station in Kramatorsk that killed at least 52 people trying to flee the looming eastern offensive. Russia denies responsibility.

April 14: Russia’s lead warship in the Black Sea, the Moskva, sinks after an explosion and fire that Ukraine says was caused by a missile strike. Russia says the ship sank after an ammunition explosion. Washington believes the warship was hit by two Ukrainian missiles.

April 18: Russia launches its assault on east Ukraine, unleashing thousands of troops in what Ukraine described as the Battle of the Donbas, a campaign to seize two provinces and salvage a battlefield victory.

April 20: More than 5 million people have fled Ukraine, the UNHCR says.

April 21: Putin declares the southeastern port of Mariupol ‘liberated’ after nearly two months of siege, despite leaving hundreds of defenders holding out inside a giant steel works.

April 22: A Russian general says Moscow wants to take full control of southern and eastern Ukraine. 

April 24: Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin travel to Kyiv, becoming the highest-level US delegation to make the journey since war with Russia broke out

April 25: Germany agrees to send anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine, reversing earlier policy not to supply heavy weapons

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