SOFREP had published two articles regarding the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia allegedly misinforming their President, Vladimir Putin, about the real status of Ukraine before the launch of their so-called “special military operation.” This has led Putin to purge his intelligence agency, starting with the Head of the FSB’s Fifth Service, Sergey Beseda, and his deputy Anatoly Bolyukh, as they were responsible for collecting intel on Ukraine. In response members of the FSB have come forward to claim that they really had no choice but to tell Putin what they believed he wanted to hear or face questioning by their own superiors about their loyalties to his regime.

Western intelligence has confirmed that these reports were indeed accurate and that Putin was misled by his top advisers.

According to officials from the United States, Britain, and the European Union, Putin was misled by his top advisors and had made a crucial mistake in launching his invasion of Ukraine. His closest advisers allegedly just went with their leader’s decision because they were terrified of telling him the truth based on factual intelligence reports collected by the FSB.

The consensus conclusion from the Western allies comes after several weeks’ worth of unverified reports suggesting that there was growing dissent within Russia’s military, spy agency, and top officials. One of these reports was a 2000-word document that claimed to be from a whistleblower within Russia’s Foreign Security Service (FSB).

“We have information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military, which has resulted in persistent tension between Putin and his military leadership,” said White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield in a press briefing.

“We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions because his senior advisors are too afraid to tell him the truth,” she added.

Meeting on investigation into the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai with Vladimir Putin in the center. On his right is FSB head Alexander Bortnikov and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Source:,_Moscow,_2015-11-17)_02.jpg
Meeting on the investigation into the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai with Vladimir Putin in the center, 2015. On his right is FSB Head Alexander Bortnikov and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (kremlin.ruCC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby concurred with the White House’s claims and raised concerns about the future of the war in Ukraine.

“It is his military. It is his war. He chose it,” Kirby told reporters.