Putin sidelines FSB over intelligence failures in Ukraine | News

President Putin has sidelined Russia’s spymasters in the war against Ukraine and replaced them with military intelligence chiefs, including a former special forces officer accused of being behind the Salisbury poisonings.

The Federal Security Service (FSB), the country’s main spy agency, has been blamed for intelligence failures that blighted the botched invasion.

Responsibility for espionage activity in Ukraine has been passed to the GRU, the rival military intelligence service, according to a report by Russian security analysts.

The GRU, which is a branch of the army and maintains its own special forces units, has been implicated in brazen operations around the world, including attempted coups, assassinations and sabotage of critical infrastructure. The British authorities named two of its agents, Anatoly Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, as

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