Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and press secretary Dmitry Pekov (l) at the Eurasian Economic Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on November 9, 2022.Contributor/Getty Images
  • The Washington Post said that Putin has no plan for the war in Ukraine.

  • Sources told The Post that Putin's inner circle is becoming more frustrated with him.

  • The sources said that a lot of Russia's elite are losing confidence in Putin.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Putin's inner circle is frustrated because they don't know what to do with the war inUkraine.

According to several sources, Putin does not have a plan for how to continue the invasion.

An unnamed Russian billionaire who is in contact with top-ranking officials in the Kremlin told The Post that the people around him are frustrated. He doesn't have a clue what to do.

Putin has retreated from public view. The State of the Nation address was canceled recently.

A speech to Russia's Federal Assembly is followed by an hours-long press conference with hundreds of journalists.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, the lack of a positive agenda was one of the reasons for the cancellation.

Sources told The Post that Putin has no plan for the war in Ukraine.

There needs to be a plan in the address. There isn't a plan. The billionaire thinks they don't know what to say.

He said that Putin dislikes speaking with people. He has a very small circle.

According to a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, many in Russia's elite are starting to lose faith in their leader due to his inability to give answers to questions.

Stanovaya told The Post that the elite doesn't know what to believe. There is a feeling that there is no way out and that they are dependent on one person.

One Russian official, who was not named, told The Post that Putin couldn't tell them everything was going to plan when they were already in the 10th month of the war.

The official said that Putin's only tactic right now is urging the West and Ukraine to start peace talks, something he did on Christmas Day.

The official said that Putin is willing to talk only on his terms.

Russia's army has struggled since its invasion of Ukraine, with reports showing poor training and low morale among its troops.

According to former Western diplomats and government officials, Putin's hold on power has not changed.

Business Insider has an article on it.