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Fired Russian general's remarks the latest sign of disarray in military leadership

By Paul Sonne and Anatoly Kurmanaev

13 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. The Russian military is facing internal turmoil following a failed mutiny three weeks ago. The latest sign of disarray is the firing of top Russian general Ivan Popov, who accused the military leadership of undermining his forces during a critical time.

Turmoil has engulfed the leadership ranks of the Russian military nearly three weeks after a failed mutiny, posing new distractions and risks for Moscow’s forces as they try to fend off a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

The latest sign of disarray emerged with the release late Wednesday of a four-minute recording in which a top Russian general, fired from his post commanding troops on the critical Zaporizhzhia front, accused the military leadership of inflicting a blow on his forces at a challenging time.

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