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Putin’s Control Weakens: Kakhovskaya Hydroelectric Incident

Unraveling the Kremlin's Web: Confusion and Intrigue

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Vladimir Putin’s Slipping Control

Vladimir Putin’s grip on the system is slipping, presenting a glaring example of this in the state of affairs on the front lines. In a recent incident concerning the destruction of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station dam, Putin was briefed on the matter yesterday morning. During a meeting with representatives from the power and military sectors, the President engaged in a genuine detective narrative, seeking to uncover the culprits behind the incident.

Reporting Confusion

First and foremost, it is worth noting that the incident was reported to Putin five hours later, as the authorities were hesitant to disturb his sleep. Furthermore, the military leadership had failed to establish a unified standpoint, providing conflicting information to the President. Their accounts ranged from attributing the damage to the Ukrainian Armed Forces or technical malfunctions to admitting the involvement of Russian troops and deflecting responsibility onto one another.

Plan Clarification

This state of confusion persisted throughout the meeting until Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, intervened and shed light on the situation. It had long been under consideration to target the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station for destruction, and Putin did indeed authorize the planning of such an operation. However, there was no explicit order to carry it out. Moreover, the President had recently been warned of the negative ramifications that would follow if the plan were to be executed.

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Sabotage Revelation

Patrushev revealed that the notion of sabotaging the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station originated from a single “daring” general who had indulged in excessive alcohol consumption the previous day. This general claims to have coordinated his actions with Surovikin, who allegedly communicated with Gerasimov. Surovikin and Gerasimov, on the other hand, categorically deny any involvement or agreement regarding actions at the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station.

Accountability Debate

During the discussion regarding accountability and identifying those responsible, a representative of the military leadership, addressing the President in a rather accusatory tone, emphasized that if Putin expects results on the front lines without delving into specifics, he must place his trust in the military leadership and grant them the freedom to act, rather than imposing constraints.

Demolition Decision

Ultimately, Putin concluded that the advantages of demolishing the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station were not insignificant, despite the attendant negative consequences. He recognized the need to act in accordance with the prevailing circumstances. Nonetheless, he sternly cautioned the military leadership to seek his coordination in future operations of this nature. As the meeting drew to a close, Putin appeared visibly fatigued and drained. Following its conclusion, he sought assistance from attending medical personnel and refrained from returning to work until the evening.


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