Vladimir Putin has “highly likely” dismissed at least six Russian commanders since the start of the Ukraine war over failures to achieve their objectives, with nearly a dozen Russian Generals also killed on the battlefield.
The UK Ministry of Defence wrote in its daily intelligence update: “The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces during its invasion of Ukraine has been costly for Russia’s military leadership, highly likely resulting in the dismissal of at least six Russian commanders since the start of hostilities in February 2022.
“The commanders of Russia’s Eastern and Western Military Districts have highly likely lost their commands. General-Colonel Aleksandr Chayko was dismissed 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Military District since 2018, was absent from Russia’s Navy Day in St Petersburg on 31 July 2022 and has highly likely been replaced by General-Lieutenant Vladimir Kochetkov.
“General Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov has subsequently been removed after being given overall command of the operation in Ukraine, and General Sergei Surovikin has assumed command of the Southern Grouping of Forces 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 consistency of command is likely contributing to Russian tactical and operational difficulties.”