Putin FIRES Pacific fleet admiral in sign that Vladimir was furious that military drills intended to send message to the West were a flop
- Putin sacked Admiral Sergei Avakyants, 66, the commander of his Pacific Fleet
- His sacking is a sign that Putin had detected a failure in military exercises
Vladimir Putin today dramatically fired an admiral in charge of his Pacific Fleet in a sign that the Russian despot is furious that military drills that were meant to send a message of strength to the West were a flop.
Putin sacked Admiral Sergei Avakyants, 66, the commander of his Pacific Fleet, as the vast military drills he had apparently overseen were still underway.
The move to axe Avakyants was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev.
His sacking is a sign that Putin had detected a failure in the military exercises that were meant to be a show of strength to the West.
Avakyants has headed the Pacific Fleet since May 2012, and has been shifted to a backroom role in Moscow in charge of military sports training and patriotic training.
Putin sacked Admiral Sergei Avakyants, 66, (pictured) the commander of his Pacific Fleet, as the vast military drills he had apparently overseen were still underway
The Gromky corvette and anti-submarine ships of the Pacific Fleet conducted live-fire exercises in the Sea of Japan
Russian strategic and multi-purpose nuclear submarines deployed in the Pacific Ocean as part of a surprise inspection of the Pacific Fleet’s combat readiness on Tuesday
The surprise firing – indicating Putin’s wrath with his top brass – came after the Kremlin dictator had ordered a sudden spot check on the combat readiness of his Pacific Fleet.
Officially, the drills around Japan’s disputed islands were labelled a success but Avakyants’ sacking is a sign that Putin was furious that the drills were a flop.
The drills are ongoing – despite Avakyants’ sacking. No replacement was announced.
The admiral – one of Russia’s most respected naval officers – was a recipient of the Order of Naval Merit and the Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR.
He was seen as a close ally of defence minister Sergei Shoigu who had announced the combat readiness exercises.
Last year the fleet won prizes as the best trained of Putin’s naval fleets.
The chief of the Russian navy Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov today fronted the war games, telling reporters that lessons learned in the conflict in Ukraine had been applied to the Pacific drills.
‘During these drills our mariners, coastal missile systems are using the combat experience that has been acquired in the course of the special military operation,’ said Yevmenov.
Vladimir Putin, Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu(centre) , Commander of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Sergei Avakyants (right) pictured in 2016 in the Far East of Russia
Vladimir Putin sent two Tu-95MS nuclear bombers (pictured) over the Bering and Okhotsk seas near Japan on Wednesday
On Wednesday this saw Russian nuclear bombers in a show of strength for the second consecutive day amid deep tensions with the West.
Eight Tu-22M3 bombers flew over neutral waters of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan, said Russian defence sources.
The aircraft can carry multiple nuclear missiles.
A day earlier two Tu-95MS nuclear bombers were flying over the Bering and Okhotsk seas.
The Russian war games involved submarine attack exercises and naval live fire drills.
They appeared to be especially a warning to the US, South Korea, and Japan which staged joint naval missile defence exercises in the region.
Russia is keen to show that it can still project force in the Pacific despite the fact that its army is being stretched and depleted by the grinding war in Ukraine, now in its 14th month.
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