The Russian military said in a statement: “The appointment of General Alexei Kuzmenkov to the post of Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, responsible for the material and technical supply of the Russian Armed Forces”, according to “the France Media Agency”. Since 2019, Kuzmenkov has held the post of Deputy Director of the Russian National Guard (“Rosgvardia”). For his part, Mizintsev has been in charge of logistics since September, recalling that he previously commanded the National Defense Control Center. There was no official announcement by the Russian military or in local media that Mzentsev had been relieved of his duties.
Russian logistics supply has faced great difficulties since the start of the Ukrainian war in February 2022. Its capabilities were tested with President Vladimir Putin’s decision in September to launch a mobilization campaign involving hundreds of thousands of men in an effort to stop the casualties on the ground that his forces had hoped for at the hands of the Ukrainian army backed by Western arms.
The Russian announcement comes two days after Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov confirmed that preparations for the counterattack were “almost complete”.
“The equipment has been promised, ready and partially delivered. In a broad sense, we are ready,” he told a press conference on Friday.
Kiev has declared for months that it intends to launch an offensive to retake Russian-occupied territories in eastern and southern Ukraine.
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