ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE TOP RUSSIAN GENERAL IN UKRAINE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM POWER DUE TO THE FORCE'S SLOW PROGRESS IN THE DONBAS, in addition to rumors that he is an alcoholic and has lost trust in the Russian leader.
General Alexander Dvornikov, also known as the "Butcher of Aleppo" for his ruthlessness while leading Russia's intervention in the Syrian war, is said to be the latest in a long list of top commanders sacked by Russia, which suggests that Putin is unhappy with how the war is working out. Dvornikov was known for his ruthlessness while leading Russia's intervention in the Syrian war.
LIVE from Ukraine: The end of the 'Butcher of Aleppo,' as an angry Putin fires a 'drunk' general over the havoc in the country (Image: Getty)
There have been rumors circulating for weeks about the Russian leader being dissatisfied with his performance, but the Russian defense ministry has not commented on the purported firing of the general.
Since April, Mr. Dvornikov, who is 60 years old, has been in control of the Russian soldiers operating in Ukraine; nevertheless, he has not been spotted in public for more than a month.
Following his failure to capture Kyiv in March, Samuel Ramani, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, believes that the reason for the General's dismissal, if confirmed, is because he took too long to capture Donbas. This comes after Ramani believes the General was responsible for the failure to capture Kyiv.
In the meantime, an investigative journalist working for Bellingcat named Christo Grozev stated the following in a video that was uploaded on YouTube earlier this month: "Within the army, Dvornikov, who was originally from Syria, did not have a very good reputation. They showed to the public that he was a difficult strategist, but they previously knew that his capacity to coordinate various sorts of soldiers was not particularly great. Despite this, they portrayed him as a tough strategist.
"He consumes an excessive amount of alcohol and makes important decisions, such as whether to launch a war, in the middle of the night without the benefit of any backing from intelligence.
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