A top ally for Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the invasion isn’t going as quickly as they Putin initially planned.
According to The Washington Examiner, chief of Russia’s national guard and a member of Putin’s security council, Viktor Zolotov made the acknowledgment over the weekend.
“Not everything is going as fast as we would like,” Zolotov said on Sunday at a church service led by Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, according to Reuters.
Putin’s ally also went on to accuse Ukrainian soldiers of using civilians as human shields without giving any proof to back up his claim.
“But we are going towards our goal step by step, and victory will be for us,” said Zolotov, who ran Putin’s personal security for more than a decade and has led the National Guard force since 2016.
However, this statement is at odds with the statement from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who has insisted that the Ukraine invasion is on time and will be completed on time.
American military intelligence at The Pentagon has stated that Russian forces have slowed to a crawl in Ukraine.
“Almost all of Russia’s advances remain stalled,” a senior U.S. defense official told reporters on Monday, and according to the Examiner, they have suffered a stronger-than-expected Ukrainian resistance.
“The Russian military has paid a heavy price amid the invasion. Lt. Gen. Scott David Berrier, who serves as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee last week that intelligence his agency has seen indicates between 2,000 and 4,000 Russian troops have died. However, they have “low confidence” in the assessment,” the Examiner reported. “The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Russia had lost 12,000 troops.”