Russia has sacked the commander of its western military district, the RBC news outlet reported on Monday, the latest in a string of top officials to be fired after a series of defeats and humiliations in the war. Ukraine.
RBC said Colonel General Alexander Zhuravlyov would be replaced by Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov. There was no official confirmation of the change, which was also reported by other news sites.
The Western Military District is one of five in the Russian Armed Forces.
Zhuravlyov’s departure follows dramatic Russian losses in northeastern Ukraine last month and Ukraine’s recapture on Saturday of Lyman, which Russia had used as a major logistics hub in the Donetsk region.
Ukraine’s seizing of the initiative in this seven-month war has drawn dismay from allies in the Kremlin and rare public ridicule from Russia’s top brass.
Last week, the Defense Ministry said that the deputy minister in charge of logistics, General Dmitri Bulgakov, had been replaced.
In August, the state-run RIA news agency reported that the commander of the Black Sea Fleet had been sacked after a series of humiliations, including the sinking of his main warship and the loss of eight warplanes in an attack. to a Russian base in Crimea.