Top Russian spies reported to be under house arrest for failing to warn Putin about Ukraine's resistance

The war is now in its third week with the Ukrainian government still standing. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered two of the country's top spies to be detained under house arrest for allegedly providing him with false information about the prospects of a quick military victory in Ukraine.

News of this apparent Moscow purge comes from Mr Andrei Soldatov, a respected Russian investigative journalist specialising in murky stories about the country's intelligence services, and remains unconfirmed.

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