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Russia’s defense minister inspects frontline troops

Sergey Shoigu flew over the Russian advanced position in a helicopter and talked with commanders and troops, the ministry says

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has visited the forces involved in Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

During the inspection of the troops in the southern military district, Shoigu flew over the area in a helicopter and examined the forward positions of the Russian military, the ministry said in a statement.

He talked to troops on the frontline and “thanked them for the exemplary execution of their combat tasks,” it revealed.


At the battle headquarters, Shoigu heard reports from commanders on the current military situation on the ground. During those discussions, the minister paid special attention to the organization of comprehensive supplies for the troops, the accommodation provided to them in the field, and the operations of medical and rear units, according to the statement.

The ministry didn’t say exactly when or where the visit took place, but it published a clip showing Shoigu on his helicopter flyby and an aerial view of some of the fortifications set up by the Russian troops.

On Friday, Shoigu was among a number of the country’s top military officials who held a meeting with Vladimir Putin. The minister, along with the likes of the chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and the commander of Russian forces in Ukraine Sergey Surovikin, informed the president about the progress made in the campaign in the neighboring country.

The meeting followed a warning by Putin last week that the military operation in Ukraine “might be a lengthy process.” However, the head of state pointed out that Moscow had already secured several major gains in the campaign, referring to the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugnask, and the regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson, which became part of Russia in autumn as result of referendums. Ukraine and its Western backers have condemned those votes as illegitimate.


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Putin insisted that Russia had no other choice but to send its forces to Ukraine in late February as the Donbass republics needed protection from Kiev. He also said that the current conflict had actually started in 2014 when the US backed a nationalist coup, ousting Ukraine’s democratically elected president Viktor Yanukovich.

December 18, 2022 at 12:56PM


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