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Rumor of the day: Putin's military chief of staff has been “suspended”

This comes from one of Zelensky’s advisors and even he says it’s “preliminary” so take it for what it’s worth. The Ukrainians have apparently been wrong before in alleging that misfortune has befallen Valery Gerasimov.

But he *did* miss Monday’s Victory Day parade, an unthinkable omission on a day celebrated in Russia with almost religious reverence. He’s the chief of staff; apart from Putin and defense minister Sergei Shoigu, no one at the parade would have been more exalted than Gerasimov. Where was he?

Was he wounded in an attack while visiting the Donbas, as some Ukrainians claimed earlier this month? U.S. officials are suddenly keen to make it known that they’re not helping Ukraine target Russian generals, contrary to earlier reports, and they *certainly* wouldn’t help them target a figure as important as Gerasimov.

Maybe he’s wounded. Or maybe he has bigger problems.

[Zelensky advisor Oleksiy] Arestovych, speaking to

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