The Black Sea Fleet urged “not to believe the gossip” about the appointment of a new commander-in-chief instead of Osipov According to media reports, instead of Admiral Igor Osipov, who has been in charge of the fleet since 2019, he was replaced by Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov
The Black Sea Fleet has not confirmed to RBC the information about the appointment of a new commander-in-chief.
“Do not believe the gossip, when it is appointed, then it will be officially announced,”— RBC was informed in the information support department of the Black Sea region.
The change in commander-in-chief of the Black Sea Fleet was previously reported by Krymskaya Gazeta, the official press organ of the Crimean government, as well as RIA Novosti Krym. According to them, instead of Igor Osipov, Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov became the commander.
“The order was from the commander-in-chief about his appointment. The members of the military council received a presentation, & mdash; said the source of the agency, noting that there was no public ceremony of appointing Sokolov. According to another agency source familiar with the vice admiral, in the context of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, “no one is obliged to publicly report such appointments.”
August 12, that Osipov was introduced to the command staff of the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, wrote Moskovsky Komsomolets.
The website of the Ministry of Defense reports that the Black Sea Fleet is still commanded by Admiral Igor Osipov. He took up this position in May 2019, and before that he was Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. In May 2015, Osipov was appointed commander of the Caspian Flotilla. From September 2016 to August 2018, he was Chief of Staff— First Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Awarded with the Order “For Naval Merit”.
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Viktor Sokolov has been in charge of the Naval Academy since January 2020. Admiral N.G. Kuznetsov in St. Petersburg. In 2012-2013, he was commander of the Kola flotilla of diverse forces of the Northern Fleet, then deputy commander of the Northern Fleet. He has the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” IV class with swords, “For Military Merit” and “For Naval Merit”.
The headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet is located in Sevastopol. On July 31, Navy Day, the headquarters was attacked by an improvised drone with an explosive device. Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev reported six victims. Regional authorities said the attack was carried out by “Ukronazis”; according to senators Sergei Tsekov and Olga Kovitidi, the blow could have been delivered from the territory of Crimea or Sevastopol. The Investigative Committee opened a case of attempted murder.
In April, the flagship of the fleet, the cruiser Moskva, sank in the Black Sea. The Ministry of Defense claims that a fire broke out on the ship, as a result of which the ammunition detonated, the cruiser received serious damage to the hull, and subsequently lost balance on the water during a storm while being towed to the port. According to the ministry, from the crew of the “Moskva” one person died— senior midshipman Ivan Vakhrushev, 27 more were missing. 396 crew members were evacuated.
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