The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces during its invasion of Ukraine appears to have led to a shakeup in command, the British Defense Ministry said Sunday.
Gen. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov, who had been charged with overall command of the operation in Ukraine, was removed from his post last week, the ministry said. General-Colonel Aleksandr Zhuravlev, who had commanded Russia’s Western Military District since 2018, was absent from Russia’s Navy Day in St Petersburg a week ago and has likely been replaced, the ministry said in its assessment of the war.
Another general was relieved of command of Southern Grouping Forces, the ministry said.
“These dismissals are compounded by at least 10 Russian Generals killed on the battlefield in Ukraine,” the assessment said. “The cumulative effect on consistency of command is likely contributing to Russian tactical and operational difficulties.”
►U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his three-nation tour of Africa on Sunday in South Africa, one of several countries in the continent that have remained neutral regarding Russia’s war in Ukraine. In recent weeks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emmanuel Macron have also visited Africa, seeking to gain support for their positions on the war.
►Five civilians have been killed in recent Russian and separatist attacks on cities in the Donetsk region, the part of Donbas still under Ukrainian control, regional governor Serhiy Haidai reported.
►The city of Mykolaiv, an important shipbuilding center close to Ukraine’s largest port in Odesa, is now facing daily Russian bombardments, local officials say.
►The Russian invasion that started Feb. 24 “is about to enter a new phase” in which the fighting would shift west and south along a 217-mile line that extends from near the city of Zaporizhzhia to Russian-occupied Kherson, Britain’s Defense Ministry said.
Ukraine war: Russia ‘using landmines that maim children who mistake them for toys’
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Russia is highly likely to be deploying anti-personnel mines along its defensive lines in the Donbas region of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence has said.
In Donetsk and Kramatorsk, Russia has highly likely attempted the employment of PFM-1 and PFM-1S scatterable anti-personnel mines, commonly called the ‘butterfly mine’, the MoD tweeted.
These are “deeply controversial, indiscriminate weapons” as they were “used to devastating effect in the Soviet-Afghan War where they allegedly maimed high numbers of children who mistook them for toys.”
“It is highly likely that the Soviet-era stock being used by Russia will have degraded over time and are now highly unreliable and unpredictable,” the MoD added.
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