Ukraine news – live: Putin’s aides ‘afraid to tell him truth,’ as Russian forces ‘walking away from Chernobyl’

Vladimir Putin ’s advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth” about his stalling invasion of Ukraine , the head of UK’s GCHQ spy agency is to say.

In a rare public address during a visit to Australia, Sir Jeremy Fleming is expected to say that the Russian president has made a “strategic miscalculation” in launching the invasion.

He will say: “We’ve seen Russian soldiers – short of weapons and morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft. And even though we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him […]

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