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Russian Troop Humiliation Prompts General’s Firing After 16 Days On Job

At a glance

  • Russian boss Vladimir Putin is reported to have sacked a top ranking general just 16 days after appointing him following his crushing defeat in eastern Ukraine.

  • Putin likely relieved Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov of his duties over the failure of Kremlin troops to keep hold of vast swathes of Ukrainian territory over the last few days.

  • Counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces has seen troops push to within 30 miles of the border, amid reports panicked Russian troops have been abandoning tanks, weapons and supplies.

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