Russian leadership is once again divided. The new commander of Russian troops in Ukraine, Valeriy Gerasimov, fired one of the key operational Russian commanders.
This is stated in the daily report of the British Ministry of Defense. It is noted that Colonel General Mikhail Teplinskiy was probably fired from his post as one of Russia's key operational commanders in Ukraine. h2>
According to British intelligence, Teplinskiy was the officer responsible for the relatively successful withdrawal of Russian troops from the western regions of the Dnieper in November 2022. Then he received praise in Russia as a capable and pragmatic commander.
However, now it remains unclear whether Teplinsky retains his additional powers as commander of the Russian airborne forces.
The British Ministry of Defense suggests that his resignation was facilitated by the debate on the tasks assigned to the Airborne Forces: they were often used to hold ground positions , which mechanized infantry would normally do.
Teplinsky's sacking is likely another symptom of ongoing divisions within the top leadership of the Russian operation as General Valery Gerasimov seeks to impose his personal authority on the campaign, the British intelligence report says.
Recall. On January 11, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu appointed Valery Gerasimov, head of the Russian General Staff, as the new commander of the occupying forces. In this position, he replaced General Sergei Surovikin.
How the tactics of the occupiers will change: intelligence explanation
- Ukrainian intelligence has already noted some changes in the ranks of the occupiers. Vadim Skibitsky, Deputy Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, spoke about the handwriting of Gerasimov, who relies on the paratroopers. In particular, Ukrainian intelligence sees how the units of the Russian airborne troops are now moving and where they are regrouping.
- He noted that intelligence expects that after the appointment of Gerasimov, the Russians will use airborne troops more actively.< /li>
- According to Skibitsky, fighting in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions will continue in the future.