The Ministry of Defense has reported that Bulgakov has been “transferred to another post”, indicates the Russian news agency TASS
Russia has made the decision to replace this Saturday to his highest-ranking military officer in charge of the logistics of the war campaign in Ukraine when seven months have passed since the war in the neighboring country without the Kremlin having achieved its objectives, which he now intends to achieve with a partial mobilization and annexation referendums. The general Dmitri Bulgakov was relieved of his post as Russia’s deputy defense minister because he received another assignment,” the Defense Ministry stated tersely.
In his place was appointed Colonel General Mikhail MizintsevUntil now head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation and who was in charge of “personally directing” the siege of the port city of Mariupol, according to Ukraine. The Western media baptized him for this as the “butcher of Mariupol”.
This dismissal follows several others that the Kremlin undertook in the last months of high ranks at the forefront of the war intervention in Ukraine, according to British intelligence and analysis centers such as the Institute for the Study of War.
In the last seven months the West has highlighted the logistical problems and supply that the Russian Army suffers, both in war material as in sending reinforcements to the front.
This difficulty was aggravated when Ukraine began to receive longer-range weapons from the US and Europe, which allowed it to accurately hit the lines of communication Y transportationcommand posts and weapons stockpiles, as well as supply and withdrawal routes for Russian troops.
Especially in the northeastern region of Kharkiv the counteroffensive that ended with the withdrawal of the russian troops evidenced Ukraine’s ability to cut Russia’s logistics lines.
But also the attacks on pontoons and bridges in the southern province of Khersonwhere all withdrawal and supply routes are under Ukrainian fire control, according to kyiv.
All this has prevented Russia from achieving its goals of liberating the donbasin which it controls almost all of the pro-Russian region of Lugansk and 55% of Donetsk, and to consolidate its position in the south, where it now sees the danger of the land corridor that it has run from the east to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea that annexed in 2014.
Putin’s recipes to recover the initiative
Faced with growing criticism of the progress of the military campaign within some sectors of power and the military, expressed by military bloggers and regional leaders such as Chechen Ramzan Kadyrov and even state propaganda and deputies, the Russian president, Vladimir Putinhas opted for a new escalation.
Now he wants to achieve his goal by annexing four regions that he does not yet fully control and partial mobilization which he decreed on Wednesday.
The result of the referendums is already known, according to the independent media jellyfish. According to two sources close to the Kremlin, in Donetsk and Lugansk “approximately 90% will vote in favor” of joining Russia, as in Kherson and Zaporizhia.
The annexation, once consummated, will allow Putin to declare that his territory is under attack and therefore he can defend it with all the means at his disposal.
With the mobilization in turn, Putin hopes calm the “war party” and regain lost initiative on the battlefield.
British intelligence, however, considers partial mobilization to be a considerable challenge.
“Russia will probably struggle with the logistical and administrative challenges of assembling 300,000 reservists. It will possibly try to create new formations with many of these militaries, but they are unlikely to be combat effective quickly,” he said.
Meduza claims that Russia actually intends to enlist 1.2 million people, as stated in the seventh paragraph of Putin’s classified decree.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.