Ukrainian war: Putin suspends the general of the defunct “Moskva” – foreign policy

Even after almost three months war against ukraine hat Kremlin-Despot Vladimir Putin (69) failed to achieve any of its wartime objectives.

His army made little progress and again and again had to accept severe setbacks. Outstanding example: the sinking of the Russian flagship warship “Moskva” in April by Ukrainian missiles. She was the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

According to information from the British Ministry of Defence, Putin has now suspended their commander, Igor Osipov. The Kremlin despot is apparently fed up with the failures of his top generals. In his eyes, they are the ones responsible for the debacle of the war – not himself.


Igor Osipov, former Commander of the Black Sea FleetFoto: action press

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Igor Osipow, former commander of the Black Sea Fleet – the sinking of the “Moskva” apparently marked the end of his careerPhoto: Action Press


Lieutenant General Sergei Kissel was suspended by Kremlin despot PutinFoto: picture alliance/dpa/TASS

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Lieutenant General Sergei Kissel was also suspended by Kremlin despot PutinPhoto: picture alliance/dpa/TASS

According to British sources, Putin also sacked Russian Lieutenant General Sergei Kissel. Reason: The attacks he controlled in the Kharkiv region failed.

The Ukrainian secret service had previously reported on the two dismissals. Russia has not confirmed them. But on May 9, Osipov was noticed missing from Putin’s chic parade marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.

According to the British Ministry of Defence, Ossipow and Kissel are not isolated cases. According to the report, senior Russian military officials are increasingly keen to deny responsibility for the failures of the Russian military. The UK Ministry of Defense believes this will “further increase pressure on centralized Russian command structures”.

More recently, Russia’s leadership in its war of aggression against Ukraine acknowledged the difficulties and mistakes, but announced that it intended to continue the attacks.


Map: War in Ukraine (as of 20.5.22) - Infographic

Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council Rashid Nourgaliyev said on Wednesday that “despite all the difficulties” the war would “continue to the end” – also despite the West’s arms shipments to Ukraine. Putin’s sleuth, brutal Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, even spoke of “mistakes” at the start of the Russian war of aggression on February 24.

It’s the fault, according to Putin: everyone but himself…

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