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Putin replaces Deputy Head of Defense with “Butcher of Mariupol” Mikhail Mizintsev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly sacked Dmitry Bulgakov, the general responsible for managing the Russian military’s failing logistics operations in Ukraine, and replaced him with Mikhail Mizintsev known as “the Butcher of Mariupol”.

The Defense Ministry said on Telegram on Saturday that Mr Bulgakov had been “released” to be transferred to a new role. He would be replaced by Colonel General Mizintsev, who led the Russian headquarters in the port city of Mariupol in March 2022.

Mr. Mizintsev has been dubbed “the butcher of Mariupol” by many Ukrainians.

According BBC, the personnel changes come as Mr. Putin has personally taken charge of the war effort and has begun issuing orders to generals in Ukraine himself.

According to Russian media earlier this week, Moscow is seeking to mobilize up to a million reservists for the war in Ukraine.

A secret clause in Russian President Putin’s “partial” mobilization decree allows the Kremlin to recruit many more soldiers than announced, a source told Novaya Gazeta European Journal.

“They changed the number several times and finally settled on a million,” the source said.

The Kremlin however denied the one million figure, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling it “a lie”.

The mobilization of Russia, announced Wednesday, is the first since the Second World War.

The development sparked the country’s first mass anti-war protests in months, leading to the arrest of more than 1,300 people in 39 cities across Russia, rights groups say.

The enlistment campaign is also said to have led to a large-scale exodus of those who might be eligible for the draft.

The Independent Gt

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