Exactly seven months after the start of the war against Ukraine, Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov has been removed from office in Russia. Officially, the Ministry of Defense justified the step in a statement on Saturday with Bulgakov’s transfer “to another post”.
After recent defeats, Russia’s military leadership around Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently come under criticism in circles close to the Kremlin. Under pressure from Ukrainian counter-offensives, the Russian army had to withdraw from the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv about two weeks ago.
Shoigu’s successor is to be Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, who previously headed the national center for defense management. In the future he will be responsible in particular for the logistics of the army.
Most recently, Moscow’s mission in Ukraine revealed far-reaching logistical problems.
The “Butcher of Mariupol”
Mizintsev is also known abroad: he was held responsible for the heavy attacks on the southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol, which was captured by the Russians at the end of May.
According to Ukrainian sources, thousands of civilians were killed and much of the city was destroyed during the week-long siege. Mizintsev is also known as the “Butcher of Mariupol”.
Mizintsev, 60, is under Western sanctions for his role in the siege of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. (dpa/AFP)
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