Obese retired Russian general, 67, sent to Ukraine because Putin is running out of commanders – World News

General Pavel weighs 20 stone and is now 67 years old but has been put in charge of troops in eastern Ukraine because Vladimir Putin is running out of senior commanders

Major General Pavel is 20 years old and retired
Major General Pavel is 20 years old and retired

An obese retired Russian general has been shipped to the front lines in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin runs out of senior officers.

The “second-rate” 20-stone commander is tasked with overseeing special forces operating amid the offensive in the east of the war-torn country.

The 67-year-old – known as Major General Pavel – was called after the unit’s former senior officer was seriously injured in an artillery attack, reports have reported the day star.

Pavel is a veteran of Russia’s devastating war in Afghanistan.

A senior intelligence source told the newspaper’s Sunday edition last night: “Putin is scratching the barrel now.

“Most of his best and most battle-hardened senior commanders were killed or injured in combat in Ukraine, so he resorts to sending second-rate officers to the front who don’t last very long.

Russian President Vladimir Putin


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“He is now bringing in retired generals and one of them is General Pavel.

“Putin is like a mafia boss whom nobody can disobey.

“When a retired general gets a message from Putin that Mother Russia needs you to fight in Ukraine, there’s not much you can do.

“Thanks to the sanctions, there is now an escape from Russia.”

Two Russian soldiers patrol


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Pavel was a soldier for more than 40 years and became the commander of the Russian special forces, but that was 25 years ago, when he was younger and fitter.

He is said to have served in Syria shortly before retiring from active duty five years ago.

Until recently he lived in a Moscow suburb but was reportedly ordered to return to active duty last month.

The officer is so fat that he has to have his uniform custom made and wears two sets of body armor to cover his considerable girth.

Pavel leads soldiers at the front


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He is believed to require five meals a day, washed down with at least a liter of vodka.

Russia is said to have up to 10 generals in the war in Ukraine and up to 30 senior officers.

The latest estimates also assume that up to 30,000 Russian soldiers were killed in action and up to 100,000 injured.

Russia has reportedly lost over 4,000 tanks and armored vehicles, 216 warplanes, 183 attack helicopters and 620 drones.

It can also be revealed that intelligence sources believe that Russia is on the verge of running out of precision weapons such as guided missiles and even artillery shells.

The source said: “Both Russia and Ukraine are suffering many casualties and stockpiles of war ammunition are going at very low levels.

“Russia also lost a large number of tanks and armored vehicles, and these are complex pieces of equipment that cannot be easily replaced.”

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