It is still impossible to confirm the rumors about the resignation of the Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov. This is stated in the intelligence report of the UK Department of Defense.
According to intelligence, the tension between various groups of the Russian military due to failures in Ukraine is present at the highest level. So, the defense department cites a recent statement by the former leader of the terrorists «DNR» Igor Girkin (Strelkov) on the basis of his own experience of participating in hostilities against Ukraine, the shortcomings of strategic planning in the Russian army, the construction of large-scale defensive fortifications, which, in his opinion, will not justify themselves in a modern war.
In intelligence believe that Girkin's criticism reflects a tense debate among the Russian military in general about how the war is being conducted.
«In social networks for the past 48 hours, rumors have been circulating that the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov could have been fired. It is impossible to check them. However, tension between various factions is likely to exist among the top of the Russian army», — noted in the review.