Russian President Vladimir Putin continues the chaotic reshuffling of the top military personnel, which is failing in Ukraine under the onslaught of the advancing Armed Forces of Ukraine.
How reports RBC citing a well-informed source and data from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Putin replaced the commander of the Western Military District – the key among the five districts in the country’s military-administrative division, which accounts for almost 40% of the ground forces with a total strength of more than 400 thousand people.
Instead of Colonel-General Alexander Zhuravlev, Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov, a graduate of the Kyiv Suvorov Military School, who in the past commanded a Russian group in Syria, has been appointed to command the ZVO.
A significant new resignation followed another defeat of Russian forces in Ukraine, which over the weekend left Krasny Lyman in the Donetsk region – a key logistical point through which troops were supplied.
The surrender of the city after fierce fighting gave rise to the search for “scapegoats” and a heated discussion in the pro-war telegram channels. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, offered to “demote” Alexander Lapin, commander of the Center group in Ukraine, to the rank of private general. And he was supported by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who recently admitted his connection with the Wagner PMC. According to him, “all these thugs” need to be thrown “with machine guns barefoot to the front”
Zhuravlev’s resignation was the second in the Ministry of Defense since the beginning of the mobilization, which President Vladimir Putin announced on September 21, and the first after a series of defeats that began with the retreat of troops from the Kharkov region.
On September 24, three days after the start of the mass conscription into the army, Deputy Minister General Dmitry Bulgakov, who had been responsible for the logistics of the army for more than 12 years, including the supply of weapons to the troops, lost his post.
Frustrated by the inability to achieve goals in Ukraine, Putin began to personally move troops, told CNN sources familiar with US intelligence.
According to them, this practice, which began after the defeat near Kyiv, continues today. This is an extremely unusual managerial tactic that points to the incapacity of the Russian command structures, emphasizes one of the CNN sources.