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 Russian army corps in Donbas get rookie fighters as commanders due to deficit of chieftains, - journalist

After the most well-known field commanders of the Russian troops in the Donbas -- Arsen 'Motorola' Pavlov and Mikhail 'Givi' Tolstykh -- were eliminated, it developed that not many want to take their places.

Censor.NET's Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on his Facebook page.

"The post of the commander of Sparta recon battalion has been taken by 23-year-old Vladimir Zhoga, callsign Vokha, who earlier served as a driver and assistant to Pavlov and never as an independent commander of platoon-company level. Similar personnel crisis arose in Somali separate assault battalion of the 1st army corps of Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas. On Feb. 8, Givi was eliminated, who had no assistant. His deputy, 30-year-old Anton Sidorov, callsign Konsul, was killed on Jan. 31 near Avdiivka by units of the 72nd Mechanized Brigade. Konsul was the closest commander to Givi, who fought alongside with him back in Ilovaisk," Butusov wrote.

As a result, 26-year-old Yegor Volchkov, callsign Synok, was appointed Somali commander. Volchkov was a deputy battalion chief of staff and never before held independent commanding positions.

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After the two terrorist chieftains were eliminated, inflow of personnel to Sparta and Somali drained, Butusov wrote. The units are understaffed, and new appointments indicate serious personnel problems. They are also experiencing problems with combat capabilities, as back in February they were attacking Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka with a joint group of three units -- Somali, Sparta and Vostok, commanded by Givi, Butusov wrote.

"This shows that real combat personnel of both advertised enemy battalions, who are promoted aggressively online, is poor. The combat readiness of the enemy infantry in contact fighting is low. Givi said his group had been dispersed and could not fulfill its task; he himself was wounded in leg. Konsul and three more fighters were killed. Possibly, other assaulting units incurred losses as well," Censor.NET's chief editor said.




 
 
 
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