Russia’s war effort in Ukraine has been abysmal from the very start, and things certainly aren’t getting any better as the conflict passes the 100-day mark.
Morale has been extremely low among Russian troops for the entirety of the mission, with many of the younger soldiers admitting that they were duped into being a part of the invasion. And, since they’ve been in-country, there have been a glut of abandonments and desertions.
Now, to make matters worse, one of the Kremlin’s latest military appointments is raising eyebrows.
An obese Russian retired general has been sent to fight on the frontlines in Eastern Ukraine because Vladimir Putin is running out of senior officers.
The 20 stone general, 67, is now said to be in charge of Russian special forces operating in the region after the unit’s former commander was seriously injured in an artillery strike.Trending:
The veteran of Russia ’s disastrous war in Afghanistan is known as General Pavel.
The implications of the appointment were rather obvious.
A senior intelligence source last night told the Daily Star Sunday: “Putin is now scraping the barrel.
“Most of his best and battle-hardened senior commanders have been killed or injured fighting in Ukraine so he is resorting to sending second rate officers to the front who don’t last very long.
“He is now dragging generals out of retirement and one of those is General Pavel.
This, combined with revelations surrounding the age and condition of the military equipment being rolled out in Ukraine, there are serious concerns about the efficacy of Russia’s fighting force.