Vladimir Putin blames his top ranks for Ukraine’s military failures and has now launched a “purge” of his staff, with some fired or even arrested, according to Ukrainian military sources
An enraged Vladimir Putin is reportedly “firing and arresting” his top officials over the botched invasion of Ukraine.
The claims of a purge by the warmongering leader come after a senior adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s supreme commander, General Valery Gerasimov, has been suspended, with several other officers believed to have been fired.
Oleksiy Arestovych, a key intelligence figure in Zelenskyi’s inner circle, reported Wednesday (May 11) that Gerasimov, the Russian army chief of staff, had been suspended.
Gerasimov was not seen at Russia’s Victory Day parade on Monday (May 9), where Putin and his generals addressed a large crowd of soldiers to promise victory against the West in Ukraine and commemorated victory for the Soviet Union to remember during World War II.
Intelligence expert Arestovych said Gerasimov has been suspended and Putin is now considering giving the 66-year-old general time to recover after extraordinary losses in personnel and equipment.
Revealing another high-profile move by the President against his own military, Arestovych added: “The commander of the Western Military District’s First Tank Army, Lieutenant General Sergei Kisel, was also arrested and released after the First Tank Army was defeated near Kharkiv. ”
A telegram feed from the Interior Ministry in Kyiv this week also claimed that the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, had been relieved of his post and arrested.
According to the news channel, an investigation has been launched against the first deputy commander of the fleet, Vice Admiral Sergei Pinchuk.
According to unconfirmed reports, Gerasimov was wounded in fighting during a visit to Ukraine’s Donbass region last week.
A senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that they “could confirm he was in Donbass” but could not determine if he had been injured.
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