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Russian Black Sea Fleet Appoints New Commander – State News Agency

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Russia's Black Sea Fleet, based in annexed Crimea, installed a new commander on Wednesday after explosions rocked Russian military bases on the peninsula over the past nine days, sources said. The RIA news agency said Wednesday.

If confirmed, the dismissal of former commander Igor Osipov would be the most prominent military dismissal in nearly six months since Russia began its war with Ukraine. . Device.

His state-owned RIA, citing sources, said the new chief, Viktor Sokolov, had been introduced to members of the military council of the fleet in the port of Sevastopol.

One source said it was "normal" for the appointment not to be publicly announced when Russia was conducting what it called a special military operation in Ukraine. (Reporting by Reuters, Editing by David Holmes)