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Azov Brigade Chief of Staff asks Ukraine’s SBI to look into heavy losses caused by Ukrainian army general’s poor command

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Azov Brigade Chief of Staff asks Ukraine’s SBI to look into heavy losses caused by Ukrainian army general’s poor command

Bohdan Krotevych, the Chief of Staff of the Azov Brigade of the National Guard, has filed a statement with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) calling for an investigation into Lieutenant General Yurii Sodol, the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

Source: Krotevych on Telegram; the SBI in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda; an UP’s source in the Ukrainian military and political leadership 

Details: The SBI confirmed to Ukrainska Pravda that it had received such a statement and added that investigators were working on it. 

The Bureau did not specify the general’s name, nor was it mentioned in Krotevych’s post, but according to Ukrainska Pravda’s sources, it is about Sodol. 

UP writes that Krotevych accuses the general of power abuse and incompetent command of the troops, which led to the loss of a large part of Ukraine’s territory, and asks to check the commander for collaboration with Russia. The Azov Chief of Staff also expressed his readiness to testify in the case. 

Quote from Krotevych: „…I wrote a letter to the State Bureau of Investigation calling for an investigation into a military general who, in my opinion, had more Ukrainian soldiers killed than any Russian general. I don’t give a s**t if they open an investigation against me, and I don’t give a s**t if they put me in jail. 

It bothers me that they convict commanders of battalions and brigadiers for the loss of an observation post, but they don’t convict a general for the loss of oblasts and dozens of cities and the loss of thousands of soldiers. 

The conditions under which the brigades are fighting now, I would say, are unbelievable heroism – first and foremost, that of soldiers, platoon, company, battalion and brigade commanders.

And their heroism lies in the fact that they are holding back the enemy not thanks to [favourable conditions], but in spite of [unfavourable ones]. 

Sometimes it seems to me that the world sends us scum [to fight against so as] to unite us. And all the military now understand who I’m talking about because 99% of the military hate him for what he does. 

This man launches investigations against commanders who advance and do not lose their ground, but he does not initiate internal investigations against himself. 

I’m sick of it; the Rubicon has been crossed.“

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