(NationRise.com) – According to a Newsweek report, Russian President Vladimir Putin may have fired Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. While the Kremlin recently released footage showing the top general at a briefing in the Ukraine war, the magazine said Gerasimov hadn’t been seen in public since June.
Newsweek’s report explained that Gerasimov’s last appearance on national TV was on June 24, when Wagner mercenary group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin announced the “march of justice.” Pro-Kremlin Russian journalists have said on Telegram that Putin allegedly blamed Gerasimov for the mutiny against the Kremlin. They said the Russian leader accused the top general of being unable to prevent and eventually stop the military rebellion from the private military group.
Following the Newsweek report, other media outlets such as the Moscow Times and the Daily Mail suggested that Putin may have fired Gerasimov but hadn’t picked a substitute. The British tabloid cited a Russian Telegram channel named Rybar, which said that the top general is temporarily retaining his post until Putin has a replacement. It added that the Kremlin had removed Gerasimov’s authority to make decisions on the Ukraine-Russia war.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Rybar also detailed that the top general’s previous role in the armed conflict was handed to Colonel Mikhail Teplinsky. The Rybar post explained that Teplinsky has “significant leadership” in the Russian armed forces after becoming the Airborne Forces commander in June 2022.
Another Russian journalist, Vladimir Romanov, wrote on his Telegram channel that Teplinsky is the person running Russian operations in Ukraine. He explained that the Kremlin executed a “large-scale purge” in the Russian Armed Forces after Wagner’s mutiny, and one of the first “victims” was Gerasimov.
Romanov explained it remains unclear whether Gerasimov’s fall has to do with one of the demands made by Prigozhin in the deal reached with Putin to end the mutiny. The Wagner chief started his military rebellion claiming that his “march of justice” was against Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
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