VLADIMIR PUTIN has sidelined his spy unit over the botched invasion of Ukraine as thousands of dead Russian soldiers are "slung onto a huge pile".

Desperate Putin lashes out at spies as Russian dead 'slung onto huge pile'

Desperate Putin lashes out at spies as Russian dead 'slung onto huge pile' (Image: GETTY)

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The Russian President has replaced the Federal Security Service (FSB), the country’s main spy agency, with military intelligence chiefs after blaming the FSB blamed for the failings that have plagued the invasion. Responsibility for espionage in Ukraine has been passed to the GRU - a rival military intelligence service implicated in operations around the world including attempted coups, assassinations and infrastructure sabotage. Meanwhile, the bodies of thousands of Russian soldiers have been piled up into a heap "as tall as a man," according to an intercepted call released by Ukrainian security services. As troops are reportedly stacked up in a mass grave in Donetsk, the families of dead soldiers are told they are “missing in action” to avoid alarming the Russian public, the agency said.

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