General Lapin: Has a person been appointed who is responsible for the lost Liman?

After long fighting, Russian troops left Krasny Liman

After long fighting, Russian troops left Krasny Liman

A picture: Alexander KOTS

After Russian troops left Krasny Liman, the network was broken by a statement from Ramzan Kadyrov. He accused Oleksandr Lapin, who commands troops in the Kharkov and northern Luhansk regions, of losing an important settlement because of his actions.

“… The Colonel General deployed mobilized fighters of the LPR and other units on all lines of the direction of Limansk, but did not provide them with the necessary communication, interaction and the supply of ammunition. Two weeks ago, Major General Commander of Special Forces “Akhmat”, my dear BROTHER Apty Alaudinov, personally informed me that our fighters could become an easy target. The General Staff assured me that they had no doubts about Lapin’s leadership talent and did not believe that a retreat was possible in Krasny Liman and the surrounding area.

A week later, Lapin moves his headquarters to Starobelsk, a hundred kilometers from his subordinates, while he is himself in Lugansk. How can you manage units quickly, 150 km away? Due to the lack of basic military logistics, we have left several settlements and a large area of ​​territory today.

A picture: Alexander KOTS

… If it were my will, I would demote Lapin to a soldier, strip him of his awards and send him to the front line with a machine gun in his hands to wash away his shame with blood.

… I don’t know what they report to the Commander in Chief, but in my personal opinion more drastic measures should be taken, up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low nuclear weapons. There’s no need to make every decision with the Western American community in mind – she’s already said that and done a lot to us.

Yesterday there was a parade in Izyum, today there is a flag in Liman, and what tomorrow?” Kadyrov wrote.

The head of Chechnya was also supported by a well-known businessman, twice a hero of Russia, the founder of Wagner PMC Evgeny Prigozhin:

“Kadyrov’s expressive statement is obviously not in my style at all. But I can say, “Ramzan, handsome, burned.” All these ushlepkov – with barefoot machine guns forward, “it is written on his behalf in one of the telegram channels.

At the same time, Prigozhin noted that this is not a criticism of the Ministry of Defense, “but a manifestation of love and support.”

A number of bloggers and public figures spoke in defense of General Lapin. In particular, Igor Strelkov stated that “At first, Lapin was not responsible for the defense of Liman – his units were sent to help from another sector of the front, and, moreover, they were sent too late”, and if someone is to blame, then it is certainly not his first turn.

A picture: Alexander KOTS

RIA Novosti military commander Alexander Kharchenko wrote on his Telegram channel that he knows the general from Syria. And in Donbass, we have been working together with his troop group from the Central Military District (TsVO) since June.

“We lived on the front line and saw everything with our own eyes. Lisichansk fell thanks to the efforts of the Central Military District. Initially it was supposed to storm head-on, but General Lapin insisted on a systematic encirclement. According to Kharchenko, it was thanks to Lapin that street fights in Lisichansk were avoided.

“There may be claims against Lapin, but he certainly cannot be blamed for cowardice. Alexander Pavlovich always led the troops, in the immediate vicinity of the line of contact. He arrived in Belogovka by car with a driver and a guard! All! At the same time, he drove past a flaming MTLB, which was blown up by Ukrainian saboteurs. A day later, our headquarters dismantled a Ukrainian tank.

A picture: Alexander KOTS

When the enemy began to cross the Oskol in small groups, General Lapin led a detachment of special forces and went to capture DRGs (saboteurs, – ed.). So the point is not at all the cowardice and incompetence of an individual general. The problem is in communication and control systems. And I’m afraid even Lapin’s strength wasn’t enough here, even though he tried to rectify the situation.”

In addition, Kharchenko noted that it was Lapin who said in June that mobilization was necessary:

“Even then there weren’t enough people. Some battalions had 30 men left, but these guys went ahead and won against military science.

Lapin is not the culprit for having had to leave Krasny Liman, the military commissioner concludes, but he could be “appointed as extreme because of the miscalculations of a wide range of officials”.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at