Gerasimov’s appointment indicates problems in Russian army, Pentagon says

13 January, 07:25 AM
Valery Gerasimov (Photo:Sputnik/Sergei Fadeichev/Pool via REUTERS)

Valery Gerasimov (Photo:Sputnik/Sergei Fadeichev/Pool via REUTERS)

The appointment of chief of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, as the commander of Moscow’s invasion force in Ukraine indicates persistent and systemic problems in the Russian army, U.S. Department of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said at a press briefing on Jan. 12.

“We’ve talked about some of those things in terms of its logistics problems, command and control problems, sustainment problems, morale and the largely, large failure to obtain the strategic objectives that they’ve set for themselves,” CNN quotes Ryder.

On Jan. 11, Russian Defense Ministry announced Gerasimov – head of Russia’s General Staff – was replacing Sergey Surovikin as the commander of Moscow’s so-called “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine.

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Ryder added that the Pentagon will continue to monitor senior personnel changes in the Russian military.

“I think that the world would rather see Russia focus on withdrawing from Ukraine and saving innocent lives – versus spending time on numerous management reshuffles, and Russian soldiers and their families would probably like to see that too,” the general added.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine believes that frequent personnel changes in the leadership of Russian forces indicates problems in Moscow’s management of tits troops.

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