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Russia fires senior commanders in Ukraine, sets up new bases in the west against NATO

British intelligence said that Russia had fired senior commanders who were said to be “doing poorly” in the early stages of the military offensive in Ukraine.

In the intelligence update on the situation Russia – Ukraine war On Twitter on May 19, the British Ministry of Defense said: “Lieutenant General Serhiy Kisel, who once commanded the elite 1st Guards Tank Army, has been suspended due to failure to capture Kharkiv (Ukraine). Vice-Admiral Igor Ospipov, commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, may also have been sacked after the sinking of the Moscow flagship in April”.

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Destroyed Russian tank in the village of Mala Rogan in Kharkiv region, Ukraine. Photo: SOPA Images

CNN quoted the British authorities’ report as adding, Russian Army Chief of Staff Valeriy Gerasimov was “most likely” to retain his post, but “it is not clear whether he still retains the confidence of the President.” Vladimir Putin or not”.

The British Ministry of Defense said: “Many officers engaged in combat in Ukraine are likely to become increasingly distracted by attempts to avoid personal responsibility for Russian disruptions. This is likely to cause tension. more direct to Russia’s centralized command-and-control model, as officers increasingly seek to delay important decisions and pass it on to their superiors.”

Moscow has yet to comment on the British intelligence assessments.

Russia cuts off gas supplies to Finland

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Finland’s state-owned gas wholesaler Gasum said, Russia will stop supplying gas to this country from 4:00 a.m. local time (11 a.m. Vietnam time) Saturday, May 21.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the Russian fuel export company Gazprom Export informed Gasum of the decision on the afternoon of May 20. The move comes after the Finnish company refused to pay the contract to its Russian partner in rubles as requested by Moscow.

Gasum confirmed that it will continue to supply gas to customers in Finland from other sources through the Baltic Connection pipeline. Mika Wiljanen, the company’s chief executive officer, described Gazprom Export’s decision as “regrettable”, and reassured customers that they would have enough gas in the coming months.

Moscow establishes new bases in the west to deal with NATO

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Photo: Sputnik

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on May 20 that the country will establish 12 new military bases and units in the western military district by the end of this year in response to Finland and Sweden’s application to join the group. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The Interfax news agency quoted Shoigu as telling Russian military generals that the country was facing an “increased military threat” in the border area, blaming NATO and America about that.

Finland shares a 1,300km land border with Russia, while Sweden, although not adjacent to Russia, owns the strategically important Gotland island in the Baltic Sea, just a short distance from the country’s militarized Kaliningrad region of the country. birch department about 300km. If the two Nordic countries were admitted to NATO, the common border between the US-led military alliance and Russia would double to 2,600km.

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