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KUBINKA (Moscow region), June 29. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has dismissed Commander of the Baltic Fleet Viktor Kravchuk and the Fleet’s Chief of Staff Sergey Popov for combat training deficiencies, as well as for distortion of the real state of affairs in reports, the Defense Ministry’s press service reported on Wednesday.
"The defense minister and members of the Defense Ministry collegium expressed sharp and principled criticism of the activity of officials for serious shortcomings revealed in their work. On the results of an inspection and discussion at the collegium meeting, the commander of the Baltic Fleet, the Fleet’s chief of staff, as well as a number of other officials were dismissed by the defense minister for serious combat training deficiencies, as well as distortion of the real state of affairs in their reports. They are subject to removal from their posts and dismissal from military service," the press service said.
The ministry said that the officials have been punished for "serious shortcomings in the organization of combat training, daily activities of troops (forces), for failure to take all necessary measures to improve the conditions of the personnel accommodation, inattention to their subordinates, as well as distorted reports on the real state of affairs".
The minister gave orders to remove the shortcomings as soon as possible and conduct a follow-up inspection in the Baltic Fleet at the end of this year.
The Baltic Fleet was inspected in the period from May 11 to June 10. "The defense minister ordered to approve as soon as possible the plan of removing the shortcomings, implement it and again inspect the Baltic Fleet at the end of this year", the Defense Ministry press service said.
At a visiting session on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry collegium discussed, in particular, the results of the inspection of units, formations and command of the Baltic Fleet that was carried out at the defense minister’s order.