Putin has taken personal control of faltering Donbas offensive, western sources claim

It is believed Russia has lost 12 of its generals in the war, forced to the frontline by a failure of communication systems.

Western military sources claim Vladimir Putin has taken personal control of Russia's faltering Donbas offensive.

The Russian President is reportedly interfering in low-level tactical decisions usually made by much more junior figures.

Western officials believe that Moscow's micromanagement of the war in Ukraine could be a contributing factor to the Russian military's slow headway in the Donbas, where troops have failed to make significant territorial gains.