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Vladimir Putin has “most likely” sacked at least six Russian commanders since the start of the Ukrainian war for failing to achieve their goals, with nearly a dozen Russian generals also killed on the battlefield.
The UK Ministry of Defense wrote in its Daily Intelligence Update: “The poor performance of the Russian Armed Forces during its invasion of Ukraine was costly for Russia’s military leadership, most likely resulting in the dismissal of at least least six Russian commanders since the start of hostilities in February 2022.
“Commanders of the Eastern and Western Military Districts of Russia most likely lost their commands. General-Colonel Aleksandr Chayko was removed from his post as Commander of the Eastern Military District in May 2022. “
“General-Colonel Aleksandr Zhuravlev, who has commanded the Western Military District since 2018, was absent from the Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg on July 31, 2022 and was most likely replaced by General-Lieutenant Vladimir Kochetkov.
“General Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov was later removed from his post after being given overall command of the operation in Ukraine, and General Sergei Surovikin took command of the Southern Force Grouping from General Gennady Valeryevich Zhidko.
“These dismissals are compounded by at least 10 Russian generals killed on the battlefield in Ukraine.
“The cumulative effect on command coherence likely contributes to Russian tactical and operational difficulties.”