Ukraine War

British Intelligence Ukraine war map as of Jul. 22

British Intelligence update on Ukraine War as of Jul. 22

As of July 22, 2023, British intelligence reports indicate that Russian former intelligence officer and prominent mil-blogger, Igor Girkin, was arrested on charges of ‘extremism.’ Girkin, also known as “Strelkov,” has been a vocal critic of the Russian Ministry of Defence’s conduct of the ongoing Ukraine War. However, in recent days, his criticism extended to direct reproach of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his leadership during the conflict.

Girkin’s arrest is likely to provoke anger among fellow members of the mil-blogger community and certain factions within the serving military, who view him as an astute military analyst and patriot. He played a significant role in Russia’s war in the Donbas region since 2014 and spent time on the front lines in 2022.

While Girkin is not aligned with the Wagner Group, he may have become emboldened to push the boundaries of public criticism following Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s failed mutiny in June 2023. The once-strong taboo against openly criticizing the Putin regime seems to have weakened.

The arrest of Igor Girkin highlights the complex dynamics within Russia’s military and intelligence circles, where dissent and criticism of the government’s handling of the Ukraine War have become more pronounced.

As the situation continues to evolve, it remains a subject of international concern and scrutiny. British intelligence and other global agencies will likely keep a close watch on developments in the region and its potential impact on the broader geopolitical landscape.

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