The fact that Russian warplanes failed to prevent the shelling of Khrulev's convoy attests to the insufficiency of the Russian Air Force in the conflict.
Khrulev's vulnerability, however, might have come as a result of his own incompetence, as he chose to travel in a convoy that lacked sufficient combat support and was accompanied by journalists who used telephones that could have been intercepted by Georgian electronic warfare specialists, said Yury Netkachev, a retired lieutenant general and former deputy commander of the Russian troops in the South Caucasus.
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Friday, August 15, 2008
I find it shocking that the commander of Russia's 58th Army, Lieutenant General Anatoly Khrulev, was wounded in battle. Perhaps he will get the Russian equivalent of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device (BSV) because of this... in the United States military, senior officers are given BSVs for just being in a combat zone palace. Here is an excerpt from the article: