Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu yesterday (March 24) appeared briefly on television, quashing media rumors about his whereabouts for nearly half a month.
|Russian Defense Minister. Photo: EPA|
According to The Guardian, in a Russian TV report, Mr. Shoigu sat in a teleconference with President Putin.
Mr. Shoigu, who is said to be responsible for Russia’s attack on Ukraine, did not appear in public for 12 consecutive days. Rumors about this official since then began to spread.
The head of the Russian Defense Ministry is said to have been punished because the attack on Ukraine went unplanned, failed to capture key cities like Kharkiv or Kiev and pushed Russia into economic isolation. .
Agentstvo, an independent Russian news site, said a source told them that Mr Shoigu had heart problems.
Yesterday, Shoigu’s whereabouts were revealed at the Kremlin’s regular press conference.
In response to this, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that Defense Minister Shoigu was ill and said: “Mr. Shoigu has a lot of work to do right now. A special military operation is underway. Probably. Certainly, now is not the right time for media activities. This is quite understandable.”
Aware of the problem, the Kremlin put Mr. Shoigu on television. The video was released yesterday, in which the security council met by phone with President Putin.
Shoigu is said to have reported on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine and the efforts that the Russian military has made to provide humanitarian assistance, ensure security and restore important infrastructure important in controlled territories.
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