Popov’s allegations are proof of the widespread discontent inside Russia’s army, the Journal notes.
“The most important tragedy of latest battle is the absence of counter-battery capabilities, the absence of artillery reconnaissance, and the mass demise and maiming of our brothers on account of the enemy’s artillery,” Popov stated in his audio message to troops.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov did not comment on Popov’s allegations when pressed by a BBC reporter.
Surovikin, who has been lacking since intelligence emerged that he had prior information of Wagner’s rebellion, is “resting,” in accordance with senior Russian management. Some Russian media shops have reported that Surovikin was arrested, however these stories haven’t but been confirmed.