Vladimir Putin ‘fighting for his life’ after recent Russian retreat | Yahoo Australia

Vladmir Putin has a lot to lose in the wake of Ukrainian forces reclaiming large parts of Kherson as Russia retreats.

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- Vladimir Putin has a lot to lose in the wake of Ukrainian forces reclaiming large parts of Kherson as Russia retreats.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the liberation of the strategic Black Sea port city as the beginning of the end of Russia's war with his country.

Oleksiy Arestovich, a Ukrainian intelligence officer and advisor to Zelenskyy, has made a bold claim that the Russian president is very afraid because there is no forgiveness in Russia for tsars who lose wars.

Speaking to the British newspaper "The Times," Arestovich said that he's fighting for his life now. If he loses the war, at least in the minds of the Russians, it means the end. The end of him as a political figure, and possibly in the physical sense.

The retaking of Kherson was one of Ukraine's biggest successes in the ongoing war, dealing a major blow to the Kremlin. And it could serve as a springboard for more advances into occupied territory.

It is a crucial target in the invasion because of its link to Russian-annexed Crimea and Ukraine's Odesa port to the west, and Putin's backers very much know this. This has forced even people who are very loyal to Putin to doubt that they can win this war, Arestovich claimed.