Russia’s dismissals of top army commanders likely an attempt to insulate and deflect blame from country’s leaders – British Intelligence

Russia’s dismissals of top army commanders likely an attempt to insulate and deflect blame from country’s leaders – British Intelligence

 

Latest news Ukraine

In its November 6 Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine, the British Defense Ministry says that Russia is dismissing its top army commanders to shift the blame for defeats from the country’s leadership.

  • On 03 November 2022, Major General Alexander Linkov was reportedly appointed acting commander of Russia’s Central Military District. Linkov replaces Colonel General Alexander Lapin who was purportedly removed from office at the end of October 2022.
  • If confirmed, this follows a series of dismissals of senior Russian military commanders since the onset of the invasion in February 2022. The Commanders of the Eastern, Southern, and Western Military Districts were replaced earlier this year.
  • Lapin has been widely criticised for poor performance on the battlefield in Ukraine by both Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin. These dismissals represent a pattern of blame against senior Russian military commanders for failures to achieve Russian objectives on the battlefield. This is in part likely an attempt to insulate and deflect blame from Russian senior leadership at home.

Russia’s Wagner Group financier Prigozhin continues to rely on ineffective convicts to staff his forces – ISW

 

Ukraine needs independent journalism. And we need you. Join our community on Patreon and help us better connect Ukraine to the world. We’ll use your contribution to attract new authors, upgrade our website, and optimize its SEO. For as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

Tags: , ,