By Brendan Cole, Newsweek
top Ukrainian military official has said that a coup to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway and cannot be stopped.
Major General Kyrylo Budanov told British broadcaster Sky News that if Russia lost the war in Ukraine, Putin would be removed and his country would collapse.
“It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation,” Budanov told the outlet, “this process has already been launched.”
When pressed on whether he believed a coup was already in train, he responded, “yes”, adding that “they are moving in this way and it is impossible to stop it.”
In the interview that Sky broadcast, Budanov did not offer any evidence for a coup. While there has been speculation as to whether the poor performance of Russia’s forces in Ukraine could precipitate Putin’s removal, experts have cast doubt on whether this is possible.
Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO) the main spy agency, the FSB, and the National Guard (Rosgvardia) serve to protect Putin.