In full mobilization, Russia replaces its general in charge of logistics | War in Ukraine
The appointment of Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev to command logistics comes at a time when the offensive in Ukraine is showing organizational difficulties.
Russia announced on Saturday the replacement of its highest ranking officer in charge of logistics, at the dawn of a vast mobilization campaign and while the offensive in Ukraine shows difficulties in terms of ;organization.
Army General Dmitry Bulgakov was relieved of his post as Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation due to his transfer to another position, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement, without elaborating.
He was replaced by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, who until then headed the National Defense Control Center, and will now be the Deputy Minister of Defense responsible for the material and technical supply of the armed forces, according to the same source.
60-year-old Mikhail Mizintsev has held many senior positions in the General Staff during his long military career.
He is targeted by Western sanctions for his role in the siege of Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine conquered in May by Russian forces at the cost of significant destruction .
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This change in the general staff comes as President Vladimir Putin this week announced the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of Russians to give new impetus to its offensive in Ukraine.
This mobilization represents a major organizational challenge, requiring reservists to be summoned to the four corners of an immense territory, to equip them, to send them to training centers, then to the front.
The military intervention in Ukraine has brought to light significant logistical difficulties, with analysts pointing to these deficiencies as one of the reasons for the difficulties encountered by the troops Russians from the start of the offensive.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed amendments providing for up to 10 years in prison for soldiers who surrender or refuse to fight during mobilization, as is currently the case.
These amendments to the Penal Code, which had been voted on by Parliament this week, have been published on the government's legal portal and have therefore entered into force.
They include penalties of up to 10 years in prison for soldiers who desert, surrender without permission to the enemy, refuse to fight or disobey orders during mobilization.
Russian police detain a protester during a rally in Moscow against the mobilization of reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
< p class="e-p">Acts of looting are also punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The legislative changes come as Russia this week decreed a partial mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine, where Moscow's forces have suffered setbacks in recent weeks.
The mobilization order, which authorities say affects 300,000 people, has raised concern many Russians, some choosing to leave the country.
Members of a Russian army special forces unit.
At a time when Moscow is desperately trying to recruit more men to go to the front in Ukraine, Mr. Putin also signed a law on Saturday that facilitates access to Russian citizenship for foreigners. ;enlisting in the army.
According to this law, also published on the government's legal portal, foreigners who join the army for a period of at least one year will be able to apply for nationality, without having to justify the five years of residence on Russian territory normally required.
This measure seems to be aimed primarily at immigrants from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, who occupy the most arduous jobs in large cities such as Moscow.
The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, announced on Tuesday the upcoming opening of a recruitment office within the sprawling administrative center of Sak harovo, a compulsory crossing point for migrants.
Even before Mr Putin signed the law, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan had called on their nationals this week not to take part in any conflict.