A former Russian military commander recently said Moscow's failure to hold the city of Lyman was due to a series of lies from "top to bottom."

Andrey Gurulyov previously served in the Russian army until 2019 before moving into politics, serving as deputy governor for the Transbaikal region and currently serving as a member of the country's Duma parliament. Appearing on a recent state-run news broadcast, the politician took an unexpectedly somber and critical stance on the surrender of Lyman to Ukrainian forces, at least initially. Julia Davis, the creator of Russian Media Monitor, shared a clip of his appearance on Twitter on Saturday.

As Gurulyov made this appraisal, his Skype feed suddenly cut out. According to Davis, his connection was later reestablished, but he was no longer discussing alleged leadership failures in Ukraine.