Despite the significant loss of high-ranking personnel during the invasion, Russia still has powerful men at the top.
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is reportedly looking within his circle to determine the reasons his invasion didn’t end in the 72 hours predicted.
He hasn’t turned against anyone yet, and those who haven’t been killed fighting on the battlefield still hold the balance in their hands.
Since 2012, General Sergei Shoigu commanded Russia’s Armed Forces.
It had been believed that he was in poor health until this morning.
However, he was captured on Russian TV chairing a meeting at Kremlin.
Although the broadcast was today in Russia, it was aired on a Kremlin TV station. It means that it could have easily been filmed at any point.
Shoigu is the man behind Putin’s Yunarmiya – meaning youth army.
The Russian president gave his approval to create the All-Russian Association “Young Army” National Military Patriotic Social Movement Association in 2015 – and he put Shoigu in charge.
This force was primarily made up of schoolchildren and has since grown to more than one million members. It is also known as the Russian “The Force” “YunArmia”.
This is a description of a “military and patriotic” organisation, YunArmia – for girls as well as boys – has been criticised as an echo of Hitler Youth.
Some 17-year olds were recently called up for the replenishment of the Ukrainian army fighting in Ukraine.
After declaring that Russia was in retreat from its invasion of Crimea, Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy (Deputy Head of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces) claimed yesterday that Russia may be seeking to reduce its aggression. “main tasks of the first stage of the operation”In the country were complete.
Human Rights Watch says Rudskoy is behind the bloody conflict that has erupted in Syria, mainly due to actions in the last few decades.
The organisation found that he was directly responsible for attacks which killed in total 39 adults, three girls and one boy, while 18 further children were among the 109 injured – those who died included people being decapitated, burned or found “without limbs”.
He denied any responsibility for the attacks and the bombings of the al-Skahour health center.
Colonel General Sergei Surovikin, another one of Putin’s top generals, is also available.
Since the Soviet Union days, he has been in power. He killed three peaceful protestors with his armoured column in Moscow. This led to him being taken down by the Soviety Union during the 1991 attempted coup.
He was promoted to General in the Army in 2017 and served as head of Russia’s forces there for a brief time in 2017.
He was placed on the EU’s sanctions lists in February for being a terrorist. “responsible for actively supporting and implementing actions and policies that undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine as well as the stability or security in Ukraine.”
In his homeland, he is revered and was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation award in December 2017.
Finally, we have Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov to complete the murderous quartet
He was the 60-year-old’s commander of Putin’s forces, Syria. However, he was in charge of the army in Crimea in 2014.
He was also involved the the first and the second Chechen wars and the war in Donbass.
This led to him being awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation awareness, as well several other awards such as orders of courage and honour for his service to the homeland.
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