Ex-NATO Commander: The Loss of Senior Russian Officers Amid an Invasion Unprecedented in Modern History 2022-05-01 06:00:00


Retired Admiral James Stavridis, the former supreme commander of NATO in Europe, alleges that the “astonishing incompetence” of the Russian army in Ukraine has led to the loss of generals and other senior officers that is unprecedented in modern history.

“In recent history, there is no comparable situation in terms of the deaths of generals. … Here, on the Russian side, in a period of two months, we have seen at least ten, if not more, Russian generals killed,” Stavridis said to John Katsimatidis. On WABC 770 AM in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

for comparison, Stavridis cited recent US conflicts, saying that “not a single general was lost in actual combat” in the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Not only the generals were killed,” said Stavridis of the Russian army, referring to their “inability to manage logistics,” “bad battle plan,” and “their loss of their flagship at sea.”

“The Russians have done poorly so far,” Stavridis said.

Among the Russian generals and senior military personnel killed in the invasion Deputy Commander of the Eighth Army Major General Vladimir Petrovich FrolovDeputy Commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District Andrei Sukhovitsky, Major General Vitaly GerasimovAnd Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev And Colonel Sergei SukharevCommander of the 331st Airborne Guard Regiment.

In addition to criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin for military “incompetence”, the former commander also accused him of war crimes against Ukraine, starting with the “unlawful invasion of a neighbor and democracy” including the “massacre” of civilians, the destruction of cities and “using rape as a weapon of war.”

Stavridis said General Alexander Dvornikov who Russia last month Responsibility mode About its invasion of Ukraine, “well known to Western intelligence as ‘The Butcher of Syria’.”

Dvornikov commanded Russian forces in Syria for a year starting in 2015. Western officials and human rights organizations condemned the tactics used there under Dvornikov’s command.

Stavridis added that “Vladimir Putin creates an expansion of NATO through his unprovoked attack on a neighbour,” saying that “more countries may join NATO as a result, notably Sweden and Finland, which [have] very capable armies.”

It’s not just NATO. Stavridis added, referring to Japan as one of the countries Powerful non-NATO countries in opposition to Russia.

The former leader also condemned Indonesia for inviting Putin to attend the G20 summit in November, which the country is hosting. put it in have accepted The invitation, according to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“The United States and the other members of the G20 will have to meet and decide whether they want to attend — whether they leave when Vladimir Putin comes in. There is no reason to be in a room with Vladimir Putin,” Stavridis said.

Widodo said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also accepted an invitation to attend the summit.