Desperate Putin ‘calls overweight 20th retired general, 67,’ to lead troops in Ukraine after ‘running out of commanders’

FIGHTS Vladimir Putin had hired an obese retired general to lead his troops in Ukraine as he ran out of senior officers, reports said.

The Russian despot has reportedly pinned his hopes on 67-year-old General Pavel to revive his faltering invasion.

General Pavel is said to have washed down five meals a day with at least a liter of vodka


General Pavel is said to have washed down five meals a day with at least a liter of vodkaPhoto credit: DSLauri


Putin “scratches the barrel” as he runs out of generalsPhoto credit: AFP

With over 40 years of experience under his belt, the 20-stone ex-military chief is now leading operations in eastern Ukraine.

He is set to command Putin’s special forces in the region after the unit’s former commander was seriously injured in an artillery attack, a source told the Daily Star.

Pavel was a soldier for over four decades before becoming a commander of elite troops 25 years ago.

Putin’s clumsy puppet served in Russia’s botched invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

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But Pavel is past his prime – in fact, he’s so overweight he has to have his uniform custom made.

The 67-year-old wears two sets of body armor to cover his large stomach and faces Putin being mocked for “scraping the barrel”.

The warmonger digs up washed-up veterans to fill gaps in his fragile army after conducting a relentless purge of his generals.

Several of his top executives have been fired from key roles this week alone as his mass eviction continues.

The dictator is believed to have lost 55 colonels during his costly war against Ukraine, which left him grasping at straws.

Russian Air Force ace Lt. Col. Sergey Gundorov, 51, reportedly died in a fireball when a Ukrainian soldier shot down his helicopter.

A missile hit the low-flying Mi-35M helicopter, sending it through a field.

And another of its top commanders, Major General Andrei Simonov, is said to have been killed in a missile attack.

The attack also reportedly destroyed over 30 Russian armored vehicles, including tanks, and killed about 100 Russians.

Russia is said to have lost at least 50,000 men during the bloody conflict when Putin dropped his top adviser.

Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, 60, was deposed over “mass casualties” among the despot’s elite paratroopers, sources say.

Putin is scratching the barrel now.

Pavel, who reportedly retired from active duty five years ago, is said to have mocked five meals a day while downing at least a liter of vodka.

The general was reportedly living in a Moscow suburb after hanging up his boots but was reportedly ordered to return to the Russian army last month.

A senior intelligence source said: “Putin is scratching the barrel now.

“Most of his best and most battle-hardened commanders were killed or injured in action in Ukraine, so he sends second-rate officers to the front lines who don’t last very long.

“He is now bringing in retired generals and one of them is General Pavel.

“Putin is like a mafia boss whom nobody can disobey.

“When a retired general gets a message from Putin that Mother Russia needs you to fight in Ukraine, there’s not much you can do. Thanks to the sanctions, there is no escape from Russia.”

It comes amid fears the Russian president could purge his inner circle after four recent “suicides” by gas industry executives linked to the tyrant.

In April, Russian sources, including a former FSB colonel, described the suicides as “suspicious” on the Telegram news channel. Desperate Putin ‘calls overweight 20th retired general, 67,’ to lead troops in Ukraine after ‘running out of commanders’


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