British intelligence: One of Russia’s key operational commanders in Ukraine was dismissed

13:30 | 24.01.2023
General Colonel Mikhail Teplinsky has likely been dismissed as one of Russia’s key operational commanders in Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defence said in an intelligence update on the Ukraine war.

The ministry noted that Teplinsky was the officer on the ground in charge of Russia’s relatively successful withdrawal from west of the Dnipro in November 2022, and he has received praise in Russia as a capable and pragmatic commander.

"It remains unclear whether Teplinsky still retains his additional remit as head of the VDV, Russia’s airborne forces. Teplinsky’s dismissal is likely another symptom of continued divisions within the senior hierarchy of Russia’s operation as General Valery Gerasimov attempts to impose his personal authority on the campaign,” the British MFA said.
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