Gerasimov fires key general in attempt to bolster his personal authority — UK intelligence

24 January, 12:49 PM
Valery Gerasimov (Photo:Pool via REUTERS)

Valery Gerasimov (Photo:Pool via REUTERS)

Russian Colonel General Mikhail Teplinsky has probably been dismissed as one of the key operational commanders of Russia’s invasion forces in Ukraine, the UK Defense Ministry reported on Twitter on Jan. 24.

The ministry said that “Teplinsky was the officer (...) in charge of Russia’s relatively successful withdrawal from west of the Dnipro in November 2022, and he has received high praise in Russia as a capable and pragmatic commander.”

As noted in the intelligence update, it remains unclear whether Teplinsky retained his position as the commander of the VDV, or the Airborne Forces of the Russian Federation.

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“There is a realistic possibility that debate over the tasks the VDV has been given contributed to his dismissal: The VDV has often been employed in ground holding roles traditionally given to the mechanized infantry.”

“Teplinsky’s dismissal is likely another symptom of continued divisions within the senior hierarchy of Russia’s operation as General Valery Gerasimov attempts to impose his personal authority on the campaign,” the report said.

The day before, UK intelligence reported that Gerasimov was mocked for trying to improve discipline in the Russian army.

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