The White House claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being mislead by advisers who are afraid to inform him how awful the battle in Ukraine war is going.
Meanwhile, British intelligence claims that Russian forces in Ukraine are demoralized, lack equipment, and refuse to obey orders.
According to the White House, Mr. Putin is apparently not being informed on the entire impact of sanctions on the Russian economy.
The US has a “complete comprehension” of the situation, according to the Kremlin.
“They simply don’t understand what’s going on in the Kremlin, they don’t understand President Putin, they don’t understand how decisions are made, and they don’t understand the style of our work,” Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin’s main spokesperson, told media.
He went on to say that this was concerning because “such complete misunderstanding leads to poor actions with negative repercussions.”
White House spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield previously stated that the US received information that Mr Putin “felt misled by the Russian military,” resulting in “chronic animosity between Putin and his military leadership.”
“Putin’s conflict has been a geopolitical error that has left Russia weaker and more isolated on the world stage in the long run,” she said.
The findings are “disconcerting,” according to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, because an uneducated Putin might result in a “less than faithful” endeavor to resolve the conflict through peace talks.
“The other issue is that you never know how a leader like that will react to negative news,” he added.
Ukrainian forces have begun attempting to recover certain territories from Russia, which announced on Tuesday that operations near Kyiv and Chernihiv will be scaled back.
The move added to signals that Russia had “massively misunderstood the position” and had been forced to “seriously rethink,” according to Jeremy Fleming, the head of the UK’s cyber-intelligence organization GCHQ.
“We’ve seen Russian soldiers, low on weaponry and morale, refuse to carry out instructions, sabotage their own equipment, and even inadvertently shoot down their own planes,” Mr Fleming said at the Australian National University in Canberra.
“What’s going on and the scope of these misjudgments must be crystal evident to the regime, even if Putin’s aides are unwilling to tell him the truth.”
On the ground, US and Ukrainian officials say Russia is continuing to relocate soldiers away from Kyiv, most likely as part of a strategy to focused on the east.
According to Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia, peace talks between Russia and Ukraine will resume on April.
Mr Arakhamia claimed in an online post published by Reuters that Ukraine requested that the leaders of the two nations meet, but Russia declined, citing the need for more work on a draft treaty.
Following a similarly pessimistic assessment from Russia, Mr Zelensky described the negotiations as “just words, no specifics yet.”
On Tuesday, delegates from Moscow and Kyiv met in Istanbul for three hours of talks. Ukraine stated that it has offered to become a neutral state in exchange for security assurances.