Military reforms in Russia and a crackdown on corruption in Ukraine
The Russian and Ukrainian sides are waging other wars behind the lines of contact, aimed at strengthening the internal fronts, in preparation for the possibilities of escalation and expansion of the confrontation in the next stage.
And with Moscow launching a process of broad reforms in the army, which appeared flabby and faltering in more than one location during the fierce confrontations, the need to rebuild military units on the structural and armament levels emerged within the framework of the expansion of the confrontation with the West.
Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said the reforms were aimed at enabling the military to keep up with “new threats”, and take into account the possible expansion of NATO and the use of Kyiv by the “collective West” to wage a “proxy war” on Russia.
The Russian general did not address the repercussions of the expected military reform on the competition that emerged between several parties, and how the Kremlin will face this problem later, especially after the “Wagner” forces moved to public action after years of fighting “secret wars”, which raised speculation that these forces Perhaps it will have a future role in Russian agencies, similar to the Revolutionary Guards in Iran.
On the other hand, Kyiv seems to be facing serious challenges, especially in terms of fighting corruption and the exploitation of war conditions by political and military elites, which is a necessary condition for the continued flow of Western weapons and equipment to Ukraine.
Resignations continued in the Ukrainian leadership; In less than 24 hours, three government officials and President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration stepped down. The resignation of Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov came after a corruption scandal involving food imports for the army.
Hours later, Kyrilo Tymoshenko was dismissed from the post of Deputy Chief of the Government Office, and soon after, Oleksiy Simonenko announced the resignation of Deputy Prosecutor General.