War in Ukraine. Putin dismisses Defense Minister, Russian offensive… Update on the night

War in Ukraine. Putin dismisses Defense Minister, Russian offensive… Update on the night
War in Ukraine. Putin dismisses Defense Minister, Russian offensive… Update on the night

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed his emblematic Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in office since 2012, on Sunday evening, May 12, in a surprise reshuffle, a few days after his inauguration for a fifth term and after more than two years of conflict. in Ukraine. In Belgorod, fifteen people died in the collapse of a building after a Ukrainian shot during the night from Sunday to Monday.

Sergei Shoigu is replaced by Andreï Belooussov, an economist by training, and becomes secretary of the Security Council, a position held until then by Nikolaï Patrushev, who is dismissed from his functions, according to a decree published by the Kremlin.

This reshuffle comes at a time when the Russian army is advancing in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, a few days after launching a ground assault there, and is increasing its pressure in the Donbass, around Chassiv Iar.

“Shoïgu will continue to work in this field, which he knows well, which he knows very well from the inside, with his colleagues and his partners at his former workplace”quickly clarified the spokesperson for the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov, quoted by Russian agencies.

Andreï Beloussov, Mr. Choïgu’s replacement, is trained as an economist and has no military background.

Sergei Shoigu responsible for more than 355,000 victims, says London

Sergei Shoigu is responsible for “more than 355,000 victims”deaths and injuries, “among his own soldiers” in the war in Ukraine, said his British counterpart Grant Shapps.

“Russia needs a defense minister who can reverse this disastrous legacy and end the invasion, but all it will get is another Putin puppet”added the minister.

A photo posted on Telegram by Russian governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov shows Russian rescuers removing debris at the site of a residential building damaged following a bombing in Belgorod, Russia, on May 12, 2024. | EPA-EFE/BELGOROD GOVERNOR VYACHESLAV GLADKOV TELEGRAMM CHANNEL HANDOUT
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A photo posted on Telegram by Russian governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov shows Russian rescuers removing debris at the site of a residential building damaged following a bombing in Belgorod, Russia, on May 12, 2024. | EPA-EFE/BELGOROD GOVERNOR VYACHESLAV GLADKOV TELEGRAMM CHANNEL HANDOUT

Fifteen dead in Belgorod building collapse

Near the Ukrainian border in Belgorod, Russia, a Ukrainian missile hit a building, killing fifteen people, according to a statement from the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Around twenty people were injured.

For its part, Ukraine recognized “tactical successes” of Russia in the Kharkiv region, in the northeast of the country. Moscow has been pursuing an offensive there since Friday.

According to the Ukrainian general staff, fighting continues in the border town of Vovchansk and Moscow has mobilized five battalions in the town.

Russia said on Sunday it was advancing in the Kharkiv oblast, claiming the capture of four additional localities as part of the offensive it launched on Friday, forcing more than 4,000 civilians to be evacuated.

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