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Dismissal of Russian Maj. Gen. Ivan Popov following critical remarks about Defense Ministry



A top Russian general leading Moscow’s forces in occupied southern Ukraine said he was abruptly removed from his position after he criticized the Russian Defense Ministry.

Maj. Gen. Ivan Popov, commander of the 58th Combined Arms Army, which is active in the southern Zaporizhzhia region, recorded an appeal to servicemen that was published late Wednesday on the Telegram channel of Andrei Gurulev, a deputy in the State Duma (Russia’s lower house of parliament).

In the recording, Popov said he was dismissed “one day” after he “outlined all the problems existing in the army in terms of combat work and support” and expressed this criticism to figures “at the very top.”

“A difficult situation


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