December 7, 2022

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Putin replaces general in charge of logistics and sentences soldier who refuses to fight to 10 years in prison | Ukraine and Russia

A Russia It announced this Saturday (24) that it was replacing its top military commander over logistical issues. In addition, President Vladimir Putin signed a law that toughens punishment for soldiers who refuse to fight (see below). The announcements coincide with a difficult time for Moscow in its bid to invade Ukraine.

“General Dmitry Bulgakov has been relieved of the post of Deputy Defense Minister,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Bulgakov will be replaced by Colonel General Mikhail Mizhintsev, who heads the National Security Control Center and is henceforth “responsible for the material and technical supply of the armed forces.”

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A new law signed by Putin on Saturday means Russian soldiers who refuse to fight, defect, disobey or surrender to the enemy will now face up to 10 years in prison, AFP news agency reported.

The law was already passed in Parliament last week.

Protesters protesting Putin's speech in Russia have been arrested

Protesters protesting Putin’s speech in Russia have been arrested

The Russian President announced this last Wednesday (21). A call from around 300,000 bookers To fight on the frontlines, in response to outbreaks of Ukrainian forces recapturing important territories in the east of the country.

During his rallying speech, Putin also floated the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin, during a speech on September 21, 2022 announcing the invitation to 300,000 reservationists. – Photo: Reuters

“It’s not nonsense,” he declared. “Many high-level representatives of NATO countries are talking about the possibility and acceptability of using weapons of mass destruction. Russia. They even talk about the threat of nuclear weapons. I would like to say to those who say that our country has various weapons of mass destruction, some are more modern than NATO countries.

Russian dissident arrested for protests against Ukraine invasion – Photo: Denis Kaminev/Reuters

Who is Mikhail Mizhintsev?

Russian General MIkhail Mizintsev during the 2019 event — Photo: CC BY 4.0/WikiCommons

Dubbed the Butcher of Mariupol by Western media, Mizhintsev, 60, held several high-ranking positions in the civil service during his military career.

He is the target of Western sanctions for his role in the siege of Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine, seized by Russian troops in May.

According to the British portal “Independent”, his career was enhanced by his actions in Syria. According to data from the Syrian Documentation Center, he is said to have been one of the organizers of the “Battle of Aleppo,” an extensive conflict that lasted from 2012 to 2016 and killed more than 30,000 people.

A destroyed part of the city of Kharkiv on September 24, 2022 — Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP