ChGTRK “Grozny”: Lapin was removed from the post of commander of the group of troops “Center”
The ChGTRK Grozny TV channel announced the dismissal of the commander of the Center grouping of troops during a special military operation (SVO) on Ukraine colonel general Alexandra Lapina. About it reported on the website of the regional media.
The TV channel did not name the reasons for the dismissal of the military leader from the leadership. However, journalists recalled that the general was repeatedly criticized by the head Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov.
Previously, Kadyrov repeatedly criticized Lapin
In October 2022, Ramzan Kadyrov repeatedly criticized General Lapin. In particular, according to the head of Chechnya, it was the wrong actions of the commander of the Center group that led to the forced withdrawal of Russian troops from Krasny Liman.
According to Kadyrov, Lapin, who was appointed to lead the defense of the Krasnolimansky direction, “was sitting in Lugansk”, posting mobilized from the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) at the borders, whom he did not provide with the necessary communications and a sufficient number of ammunition.
“How can you quickly manage units while being 150 kilometers away from them? Due to the lack of elementary military logistics, today we have left several settlements and a large piece of territory,” the head of Chechnya said, calling Lapin a mediocrity and arguing that “army nepotism will not lead to good.”
October 27 Kadyrov again spoke with criticism of Lapin. Kadyrov said that he had been trying to establish contact with Lapin for several days. “But my guys can’t find it. Shouldn’t the commander be in his place and in touch with his colleagues? he asked. According to the head of Chechnya, he wanted to discuss with the Colonel General the defense of the settlements of Terny, Torskoye and Yampolovka, “which 5 armored personnel carriers and 50 neo-Nazis crossed without a fight.”
According to other sources, General Lapin was not removed from his post, but went on vacation.
By information According to Ura.ru, which refers to a source in the Ministry of Defense, the commander of the Center group of troops was not removed from his post, but took a three-week vacation.
The interlocutor of the journalists clarified that Lapin “was given time to rest”, referring to the fact that he commanded the troops from the very beginning of the special operation.
At the beginning of next week, he will fly to the hospital, heal, then rest for another week and return to duty.
At the same time, another source of Ura.ru said that Lapin, going on vacation and writing a corresponding report, would nevertheless leave the post of commander.
In the summer of 2022, General Lapin received the star of the Hero of Russia for the capture of Lisichansk
In July 2022, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed decree on conferring the title of Hero of Russia to the commander of the Center group, Colonel General Alexander Lapin. According to the decree, the title was awarded to Lapin for courage and heroism shown in the performance of military duty.
As explained in Ministry of Defense of Russiathe troops of the “Center” under the command of Lapin were able to enter Verkhnekamenka, Zolotarevka and Belogorovka, and then began to move to the Seversky Donets River. At that moment, the military met a grouping of troops under the command of an army general and, as a result, encircled Lisichansk.