Russian shakes up Black Sea fleet command

TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (MNA) – Russia's Black Sea fleet based in Crimea has installed a new commander after Russian military bases on the peninsula were rocked by explosions in the past nine days.

Russia's Black Sea fleet based in annexed Crimea has installed a new commander, RIA news agency cited sources as saying on Wednesday, after Russian military bases on the peninsula were rocked by explosions in the past nine days, Reuters reported.

If confirmed, the removal of the previous commander Igor Osipov would mark the most prominent sacking of a military official in the nearly six months since the start of Russia'ss operation in Ukraine.

RIA cited sources as saying that the new chief, Viktor Sokolov, was introduced to members of the fleet's military council in the port of Sevastopol.

MNA/PR

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