Russia’s poor military performance during the war in Ukraine saw Vladimir Putin’s army shamed and branded a “house of cards” by defense and security analyst Jacinta Carroll. She went on to say that Russia had “lost all moral standing” following the bloody Kremlin war.
Ms Carroll told Sky News Australia: ‘The Putin administration’s goal of trying to show a stronger Russia and of course stealing the great resources, the wealth that is in eastern Ukraine, has failed extraordinarily.
“So that whatever happens, his country will emerge much less powerful.
“We have already seen that his army was really a house of cards. Not so capable.
“The sanctions are starting to bite, it will be economically worse.”
She added: “And of course the worst thing is that he has lost all moral standing, whoever defends the States for my behavior, so humanitarian behavior
It comes as Russia said on Thursday that the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet was badly damaged and its crew evacuated following an explosion which a Ukrainian official said was the result of a missile strike.
The Russian Defense Ministry said a fire on the Moskva missile cruiser had detonated ammunition, the Interfax news agency reported.
He did not specify the cause of the fire, but Maksym Marchenko, the Ukrainian governor of the region around the Black Sea port of Odessa, said the Moskva was hit by two anti-ship cruise missiles. Ukrainian-made Neptune.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces headquarters said Russian forces were continuing their attacks on civilian infrastructure in the Kharkiv region in the northeast and in the Zaporizhzhia region in central Ukraine.
At least seven people have been killed and 22 injured in Kharkiv in the past 24 hours, Governor Oleh Synegubov said.
A two-year-old boy was among those killed in 53 artillery or rocket attacks Russian forces conducted in the area, he said in an online post.
Russia denies targeting civilians. Putin on Tuesday used his first public comments on the conflict in more than a week to express confidence that his goals would be achieved.