Ukraine live briefing: Biden warns of nuclear ‘Armageddon’ as pressure on Putin’s leadership grows

A member of Putin’s inner circle has expressed criticism directly to the president in recent weeks, illustrating the growing turmoil over battlefield losses, leadership and a highly unpopular military mobilization campaign.

As the war lurches into its eighth month, and a Russian victory remains elusive and ill-defined, the unquestioning loyalty Putin has enjoyed may be slipping, intelligence officials said, but they cautioned there was still no indication that he was on the brink of being swept aside.