Russia has sacked the commander of its Western military district , the news outlet RBC reported on Monday , the latest in a series of top officials to be fired after a series of defeats and humiliations in the war in Ukraine . RBC said Colonel – General Alexander Zhuraviyov would be replaced by Lieutenant – General Roman Berdnikov .
There was no official confirmation of the change , which was also reported by other news sites . The western military district is one of five that make up Russia’s armed forces . The reported departure of Zhuravlyov follows dramatic Russian losses in northeast Ukraine last month and the recapture by Ukraine on Saturday of Lyman , which Russia had used as an important logistics hub in Donetsk region .