(PresidentialWire.com)- As the Ukraine war surpasses its one-year anniversary, the Kremlin is seeking a replacement for President Vladimir Putin, according to Newsweek. The “special military operation” launched by Putin was initially expected to be a quick and easy victory as demonstrated by the early onslaught featuring Russian tanks rolling into the country.
But Ukraine’s defense has proven to be more sizeable. With the help of Western countries, Ukraine has received hundreds of billions of dollars in funds and military equipment.
As part of a $1.7 trillion spending package, U.S. Congress recently approved an additional $45 billion in aid for Ukraine, according to American Pigeon. This contributes to the growing $195 billion already given to the country from the U.S. alone, according to Fox News.
Russia is now losing the thousands of square miles it reportedly gained throughout its campaign. The assault on Bakhmut, where most of the war is now situated, has also slowed down, crushing Putin’s desire to take control of the city. Ukraine alleges that they have killed more than Russian 160,000 troops.
With the might of the West on Ukraine’s side coupled with Western sanctions on its economy, Russians are reportedly growing tired of the war despite remaining by Putin’s side. Ukraine is now creating rumors that Russia is looking to replace Putin.
The speculation is being promoted by a spokesperson for Ukraine’s military directorate, Andriy Yusov. He says that Putin’s inner circle is beginning to see that the future of them winning the war does not look good, especially in light of Russia’s terrible image in the geopolitical arena.
Yusov’s comments come as the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest on charges of war crimes. Because the nongovernmental organization has 133 signatories recognizing the body’s sovereignty, his travel will be restricted.
Days after the warrant was issued, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Kremlin. The two reportedly signed a joint statement acknowledging the “legitimate security concerns of all countries.”