Russia is trying to end the unofficial coverage of the war in order to hide its mistakes – ISW
Details: Russian bloggers and military experts are increasingly criticizing Russian strategy and military leadership for inept warfare, writing about the real effectiveness of Western weapons and the truth about Ukrainian strikes on Russian rears.
Discontent became obvious and dramatic after an unsuccessful attempt to cross the river in Belogorovka in mid-May and led to the fact that Putin had to meet with two military personnel during the PMEF. This meeting behind closed doors was supposed to defuse the conflict, but it led to even greater aggravation.
How writes Institute for the study of war, Putin received a more objective view of what is happening on the front line than what he received from the military command. After that, for the Russian Ministry of Defense, military correspondents turned from a “poorly controlled problem” into a “threat.”