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Vladimir Putin has postponed the start of the invasion of Ukraine three times

Ukrainian intelligence services revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin postponed his order to invade Ukraine on at least three occasions, the last of which was in mid-February.

Putin has repeatedly consulted with Russian Chief of General Staff Valeri Gerasimov and Defense Minister Serguei Shoigu about the invasion, Ukraine’s top intelligence director Vadim Skibitskyi was quoted by Europa Press as saying.

According to Skibitskyi, it would have been the authorities of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia, in charge of counterintelligence and espionage work, among others, who pressured Gerasimov and the other military authorities to give the approval for the start of the offensive.

Still according to the Ukrainian secret services, the FSB considered that sufficient preparation had already been carried out by the end of February to guarantee the success of the Russian Armed Forces in the lightning invasion.

However, according to Kiev, the Russian General Staff provided Russian troops with supplies and ammunition for just three days, with the view that the offensive would be swift and immediately successful.

The head of Ukrainian intelligence also underlined the collaboration of local residents, who have always provided Ukrainian authorities with relevant information about the Russian army, such as the number of soldiers or the exact location of troops.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced people and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, so the United Nations classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian aid and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and shelter.

The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 6,755 dead civilians and 10,607 wounded, underlining that these numbers are far below the real ones.

*With Lusa

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