Russian Chief of Staff visits troops in Ukraine — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Valery Gerasimov discussed ways and means of coordination between Russian troops on the ground

Russia’s chief of staff visited the country’s troops in Ukraine amid the ongoing military operation there, the ministry confirmed in a statement.

« Army General Valery Gerasimov listened [to reports from] commanders on the use of troops in the performance of the tasks of a special military operation, as well as other officials on issues related to combat support of the actions of Russian units in various fields”, read the statement.

The army general worked alongside senior commanders in command posts of Russian military units, paying « special attention to the use of automated combat control systems during combat operations », added the ministry, without giving further details.

The announcement comes a week after the Russian military revealed that troops involved in the ongoing conflict had been visited by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Minister presented major state awards, including Gold Star medals, to soldiers « who displayed heroism and dedication in the execution of combat missions during the special military operation. »

Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and « to create powerful armed forces. »

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.

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