The Secret Behind Russia’s Naval Shift: A Problem We Can’t Ignore

Recent shifts in Russian leadership have drawn attention, particularly within the Navy. This article delves into what's behind these changes.

Changing Faces in Russian Military Leadership

The head of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, has reportedly been replaced. While there has been no official public decree concerning this, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov has not mentioned it. The replacement is said to be Admiral Aleksandr Moisseïev.

Evmenov had been appointed to the position in 2019. Interestingly, the Russian military's operations in have seen several changes in leadership during the same period. Notably, Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of General Staff Valeri Gerasimov have maintained their positions despite encountering several setbacks.

A History of Losses

Evmenov, unfortunately, is remembered for losing vessels to an adversary with no navy. Ukrainian forces have inflicted notable losses on the Russian Navy, including the significant damage to the cruiser ‘Moskva'. Other Russian navy vessels have also been severely damaged by SCALP/Storm Shadow cruise missiles and Magura V5 surface .

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In another major change, Admiral Victor Sokolov, commander of the Black Sea fleet, was replaced by Admiral Sergei Pinchuk. This followed the loss of the Ivanovets corvette and Caesar Kounikov landing ship under Sokolov's command.

Admiral Aleksandr Moisseïev’s Career

Similar to Evmenov, Admiral Moisseïev also started his career as a submariner. He commanded the Black Sea fleet between 2018 and 2019. His appointment comes at a crucial time, as the Navy is trying to recover from significant losses.

Unforeseen Departure from Russian Aerospace Forces

Adding to the upheaval, General Sergei Surovikin was compelled to leave the Russian Aerospace Forces. The reasons behind this decision remain unexplained. This departure is yet another example of the recent shifts within the Russian military's higher ranks.

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