Russian troops in Ukraine arming to overthrow Putin as revolution stage set

A prominent Russian opposition politician has claimed Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine are going to attempt to overthrow Vladimir Putin as his "special operation" stutters.

Eight fruitless months in the trenches have left certain factions of the Russian Army disillusioned, as mad Vlad moves to enlist hundreds of thousands more reluctant conscripts.

This, and a reported lack of equipment and ammunition, has contributed to a plummeting morale, setting the stage for a "new Russian revolution" which could see a new President put in place.

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Ilya Ponomarev was a member of the Russian Parliament from 2007 to 2016 and was the only figure in that Government to vote against the annexation of Crimea.

Mr Ponomarev said Putin's military action in Ukraine had set the stage for a "new Russian revolution" which could see a new President put in place.

He told Newsweek: "In our situation, I think it's a must that we will face a violent protest and an armed protest, I think it would not happen without armed resistance.

"I think there is no chance that may happen. That's why we are preparing for this and that's why we're preparing military elements with Russians right now in Ukraine, which are fighting alongside the Ukrainian Army on the frontlines…they're ready to go to Russia at the decisive moment."

Mr Ponomarev now lives in Ukraine and served in a unit defending the country during the invasion's early days.

He has also penned a book entitled Does Putin Have to Die?: The Story of How Russia Becomes a Democracy after Losing to Ukraine, explaining his point of view.

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According to him there are currently 4,000 Russian nationals serving in the Ukrainian armed forces and several hundred are members of Russian volunteer regiments.

The politician added: "I am not just in touch with them, I am very actively integrated.

"Right now on the frontlines, there are several hundred. But in the preparation pipeline we are talking about thousands."

Earlier this year Mr Ponomarev drew attention to the anti-Kremlin guerrilla group the National Republican Army (NRA), which claimed responsibility for the death of Darya Dugina in a car bomb explosion.

Ms Dugina was the daughter of influential far-right politician Aleksandr Dugin.

However, Mr Ponomarev claims they are not the only anti-Government organisation operating in Russia, with several "grassroots" organisations seeking to undermine Putin.

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