Apparently unhappy with the way the war in Ukraine is unfolding, Vladimir Putin has reportedly “shut down” Sergei Shoigu, his longtime ally and defense minister, over the dismal progress of Russian forces. The BBC quotes independent Russian media and Britain’s defense minister as claiming that soldiers have been ridiculing Shoigu for his “ineffective” leadership. “Recent independent Russian media reports have claimed that due to the problems Russia is facing in its war against Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is now being sidelined within the Russian leadership, with operational commanders reporting directly to President Putin. about the course of the war. ”, said the British Ministry of Defense in a statement. “Russian officers and soldiers with first-hand experience of the war are likely to routinely ridicule Shoigu for his ineffective and out-of-touch leadership, as Russian progress has stalled.” Shoigu had analyzed the military experience before Putin put him in charge of the Defense Ministry.