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Russia allegedly changed Navy Commander-in-Chief

Russia allegedly changed Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov, Commander of the Russian Navy (photo:

Russia has allegedly dismissed the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy Nikolai Yevmenov. He held the post since May 2019.

After the resignation of Yevmenov, the duties of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy were assigned to the Commander of the Northern Fleet, Aleksandr Moiseev.

Russian media claim that Moiseev's appointment has "already been communicated to the personnel," but the dismissed Yevmenov is still listed on the Defense Ministry's website as the commander-in-chief.

"But the opinion in the Admiralty is unequivocal - he will not return to his office," one media report said.

The Russian regime has not officially announced the change of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy.

Yevmenov has served as Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy since May 2019. After the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Yevmenov was sanctioned by the United States, the European Union, Britain, and other countries.

The resignation of the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief comes amid serious losses of the Russian Black Sea Fleet around Crimea.

Ukrainian Armed Forces destroy Russian ships

On March 5, a unit of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine attacked the Russian ship Sergei Kotov using surface drones.

As a result of the attack by Magura V5 maritime drones, the ship sustained damage to the stern, starboard, and port sides. RBC-Ukraine sources reported that a helicopter was on board the ship at the time of the attack. It was probably a Ka-27.

This is not the first loss of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea. According to Ukrainian Navy spokesperson Dmytro Pletenchuk, amid the losses, the Russians keep a minimum of warships in the ports of Crimea. Only vessels that the occupiers consider less valuable are based there.