Verification: Putin captures the "big fish" US commander in Europe?


2022-05-14: [Article Link Russia entered the 80th day of war against Ukraine. The most recent version of the “big fish say” about the Mali Upor-Yar Speed steel factory is still in circulation on the Chinese Internet: “The Commander-in-Chief of the European Command of the United States confirmed the change, the United States and NATO have always refused to reveal where the last U.S. Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army has gone, and the normal handover ceremony has not taken place. It is highly probable that the big fish of the quick steel factory is the former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, whose disappearance is unknown.” Upon verification, the Commander of the European Command of the United States, Todd Walters, has not disappeared, is still in office at Headquarters and will preside over the NATO meeting on 19 May, and he is not the “big fish” of the quick steel factory. Walters is about to retire normally, and the new European Command Commander of the United States, Cavally, has been nominated and will assume his functions upon confirmation by the Senate, and the handover of command from both sides will take place in the summer of 2022. A new version of the Chinese-language network, "The Big Fish Says," has appeared again: “American Defense Director Austin has admitted that the current Commander-in-Chief of the European Command of the United States Army has confirmed a change of command, and it is important that the United States and NATO, in a number of inquiries, never reveal where the last U.S. Commander-in-Chief of the European Army went. Not to mention the fact that the handover ceremony, which normally took place, did not take place, and it felt as if the last one had disappeared....At the time, there was a suspicion that (the big fish of the quick steel factory) was an important NATO official, and now it seems highly likely that the former Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army, who had disappeared undisclosedly, would have been the European Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army. It is only in this case that the European Commander-in-Chief of the United States fell into Putin’s hands that high-ranking United States officials would visit Kiev in secret and that Biden would be forced to change positions. ... from some point of view, it's as if the Japanese Emperor MacArthur was captured in Seoul by volunteers while fighting against the US-Dynasty. Chinese-language networks have been spreading the word “fish” in the belief that high-ranking generals from NATO have been besieged at the quick steel factory in Maliubor, Ukraine, where the fighting was most intense. The previously circulated version of the “big fish” includes Lieutenant General Roger Clautier, Commander of the NATO Army Command, Lieutenant General Trevor Cartier, retired from Canada, and Hunt Biden, son of President Biden, the video exposure of the Russian army escorting the big fish to Moscow for interrogation. Zaharova, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, has confirmed that the big fish are worth more than Hunter Biden, but these claims have been proved falsely. One, what happened to the European Command of the United States? A search of the United States European Command revealed that the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, announced on 3 May that General Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the current head of the United States Army forces in Europe and Africa, had been nominated by President Biden as the head of the European Command of the United States. He was born in Germany with degrees from Princeton University and Yale University and studied Russian and Eastern European literature at Yale University; he was fluent in Russian, Italian and French; and he served as Director of Russian Affairs at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed, Kavoli will be responsible for leading the approximately 100,000 United States troops based in Europe from all ranks. He will be responsible for the day-to-day work of the United States forces, assessing Russia’s military movements in Europe, and overseeing the supply of United States and allied weapons into Ukraine. On the same day, NATO approved the nomination of Kavoli as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In his position as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, he will oversee the NATO Air Force. The nomination of Kavoli has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. Two, the last U.S. European Command commander disappeared? A search of the network of European Commands of the United States revealed that the current Commander of the European Command of the United States, Gen. Todd D. Wolters, would be replaced by Cavalry. Walters, an air force general, assumed command of the European Command of the United States on 2 May 2019. According to CNN, he will retire. The average terms of the recent United States European Command commanders ranged from two to three years, and Walters served for three years without exception. According to the NATO network of officials, on 19 May 2022, the NATO highest military body, the Military Committee, will meet in Brussels, Belgium, with the participation of allied Ministers of Defence. Of these, Walters will chair a meeting focusing on the implementation of the concept of deterrence and defence in the Euro-Atlantic region (DDA) and the long-term posture of NATO. The NATO network indicates that, upon completion of the confirmation process in the United States, Cavalli will take over from Walters to be appointed at the transfer of command ceremony at the Supreme Allied Headquarters in Monts, Belgium, which is expected to take place in the summer of 2022. On May 13, US Defense Secretary Austin ordered the deployment of 10,500 personnel to Europe in the coming months to replace the army forces in the region earlier this year. US Defense spokesman Kirby said that this was not a permanent move to address the current security environment. Kirby stressed that these forces would not travel to Ukraine, but rather to ensure the defence capabilities of NATO countries. This deployment would be a “one-on-one replacement” that would not lead to a change in the overall strength of the United States forces in the region, where the total number of United States troops remains at 100,000. Three, what's the status of the quick steel factory? The Government of Ukraine indicated that negotiations had begun on the phased evacuation of the soldiers trapped at the iron and steel factory in Maripur, beginning with 38 seriously wounded soldiers. On 13 May, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Irina Vereshchuk, stated that she had met with representatives of the United Nations and the Red Cross, who had subsequently travelled to Russia for talks with a view to reaching an agreement to evacuate hundreds of combatants who had been surrounded by Russian troops at the steel factory. She acknowledged that negotiations with Russia were “very difficult”, but Ukraine wished to save all of them. Previously, the families of trapped combatants had launched an open campaign to ask Ukraine to step up its efforts to rescue them, including members of the Azov National Guard, the Ukrainian Marine Corps, the Border Guard and the police. The three former Presidents of Ukraine also issued a letter calling on the international community to provide assistance “by all possible diplomatic means” to the armed men trapped in the quick steel factory. According to European media reports, this appeal was made by Leonid Kuchma, Victor Yushchenko and Petro Poroshenko in a signed letter. On 13 May, Sviatoslav Palamar, a deputy commander of the “Asteam Regiment”, stated that his soldiers were in hiding at the quick steel plant and that, despite shortages of ammunition, food, water and medicine, they would continue “to the extent possible”. According to the Associated Press, Paramar said at the online meeting of the Kiev Security Forum, “We will continue to resist and maintain this line of defence as ordered by our senior political leaders. We will maintain the line of defence and continue fighting at all costs.” Speaking to a group of senior United States generals, Paramar called on the United States to help evacuate nearly 600 injured armed men from the plant. On 13 May, Russian Defence Minister Shoigu spoke on the telephone with United States Defence Minister Austin, the first time since Russia conducted a special military operation in Ukraine. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation stated that the day had been the subject of a telephone conversation with Austin. The parties discussed the issue of international security hotspots, including the situation in Ukraine. The US Department of Defense spokesman, Kirby, issued a brief statement on the same day, in which he urged “immediately” a ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining open channels of communication between the United States and Russian forces. The statement stated that the last phone call between Austin and Shoikou took place on 18 February. According to the information received, the call was made at the request of the United States and lasted approximately one hour. It has also been reported by CNN, citing United States defence officials, that Mili, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, will continue to seek a telephone call with the Russian Army Chief of Staff, Grasimof, whose last call so far took place on 11 February. Kirby stated to the United States media at the end of March that, following the conflict in Russia-Ukraine, the United States had sought a telephone conversation between the Chiefs of Defence of the United States and Russia and the Chiefs of General Staff of the two armies, but had received no response from the Russian side. The Commander of the European Command of the United States, Todd Walters, who has not disappeared, is still in office at Headquarters and will preside over the NATO meeting on May 19th, and is not the “big fish” of the Speed Steel Factory. Walters is about to retire normally, and the new European Command Commander of the United States, Cavally, has been nominated and will assume his functions upon confirmation by the Senate, and the handover of command from both sides will take place in the summer of 2022.


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Verification: Putin captures the "big fish" US commander in Europe?


2022-05-14: [Article Link Russia entered the 80th day of war against Ukraine. The most recent version of the “big fish say” about the Mali Upor-Yar Speed steel factory is still in circulation on the Chinese Internet: “The Commander-in-Chief of the European Command of the United States confirmed the change, the United States and NATO have always refused to reveal where the last U.S. Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army has gone, and the normal handover ceremony has not taken place. It is highly probable that the big fish of the quick steel factory is the former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, whose disappearance is unknown.” Upon verification, the Commander of the European Command of the United States, Todd Walters, has not disappeared, is still in office at Headquarters and will preside over the NATO meeting on 19 May, and he is not the “big fish” of the quick steel factory. Walters is about to retire normally, and the new European Command Commander of the United States, Cavally, has been nominated and will assume his functions upon confirmation by the Senate, and the handover of command from both sides will take place in the summer of 2022. A new version of the Chinese-language network, "The Big Fish Says," has appeared again: “American Defense Director Austin has admitted that the current Commander-in-Chief of the European Command of the United States Army has confirmed a change of command, and it is important that the United States and NATO, in a number of inquiries, never reveal where the last U.S. Commander-in-Chief of the European Army went. Not to mention the fact that the handover ceremony, which normally took place, did not take place, and it felt as if the last one had disappeared....At the time, there was a suspicion that (the big fish of the quick steel factory) was an important NATO official, and now it seems highly likely that the former Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army, who had disappeared undisclosedly, would have been the European Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army. It is only in this case that the European Commander-in-Chief of the United States fell into Putin’s hands that high-ranking United States officials would visit Kiev in secret and that Biden would be forced to change positions. ... from some point of view, it's as if the Japanese Emperor MacArthur was captured in Seoul by volunteers while fighting against the US-Dynasty. Chinese-language networks have been spreading the word “fish” in the belief that high-ranking generals from NATO have been besieged at the quick steel factory in Maliubor, Ukraine, where the fighting was most intense. The previously circulated version of the “big fish” includes Lieutenant General Roger Clautier, Commander of the NATO Army Command, Lieutenant General Trevor Cartier, retired from Canada, and Hunt Biden, son of President Biden, the video exposure of the Russian army escorting the big fish to Moscow for interrogation. Zaharova, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, has confirmed that the big fish are worth more than Hunter Biden, but these claims have been proved falsely. One, what happened to the European Command of the United States? A search of the United States European Command revealed that the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, announced on 3 May that General Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the current head of the United States Army forces in Europe and Africa, had been nominated by President Biden as the head of the European Command of the United States. He was born in Germany with degrees from Princeton University and Yale University and studied Russian and Eastern European literature at Yale University; he was fluent in Russian, Italian and French; and he served as Director of Russian Affairs at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed, Kavoli will be responsible for leading the approximately 100,000 United States troops based in Europe from all ranks. He will be responsible for the day-to-day work of the United States forces, assessing Russia’s military movements in Europe, and overseeing the supply of United States and allied weapons into Ukraine. On the same day, NATO approved the nomination of Kavoli as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In his position as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, he will oversee the NATO Air Force. The nomination of Kavoli has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. Two, the last U.S. European Command commander disappeared? A search of the network of European Commands of the United States revealed that the current Commander of the European Command of the United States, Gen. Todd D. Wolters, would be replaced by Cavalry. Walters, an air force general, assumed command of the European Command of the United States on 2 May 2019. According to CNN, he will retire. The average terms of the recent United States European Command commanders ranged from two to three years, and Walters served for three years without exception. According to the NATO network of officials, on 19 May 2022, the NATO highest military body, the Military Committee, will meet in Brussels, Belgium, with the participation of allied Ministers of Defence. Of these, Walters will chair a meeting focusing on the implementation of the concept of deterrence and defence in the Euro-Atlantic region (DDA) and the long-term posture of NATO. The NATO network indicates that, upon completion of the confirmation process in the United States, Cavalli will take over from Walters to be appointed at the transfer of command ceremony at the Supreme Allied Headquarters in Monts, Belgium, which is expected to take place in the summer of 2022. On May 13, US Defense Secretary Austin ordered the deployment of 10,500 personnel to Europe in the coming months to replace the army forces in the region earlier this year. US Defense spokesman Kirby said that this was not a permanent move to address the current security environment. Kirby stressed that these forces would not travel to Ukraine, but rather to ensure the defence capabilities of NATO countries. This deployment would be a “one-on-one replacement” that would not lead to a change in the overall strength of the United States forces in the region, where the total number of United States troops remains at 100,000. Three, what's the status of the quick steel factory? The Government of Ukraine indicated that negotiations had begun on the phased evacuation of the soldiers trapped at the iron and steel factory in Maripur, beginning with 38 seriously wounded soldiers. On 13 May, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Irina Vereshchuk, stated that she had met with representatives of the United Nations and the Red Cross, who had subsequently travelled to Russia for talks with a view to reaching an agreement to evacuate hundreds of combatants who had been surrounded by Russian troops at the steel factory. She acknowledged that negotiations with Russia were “very difficult”, but Ukraine wished to save all of them. Previously, the families of trapped combatants had launched an open campaign to ask Ukraine to step up its efforts to rescue them, including members of the Azov National Guard, the Ukrainian Marine Corps, the Border Guard and the police. The three former Presidents of Ukraine also issued a letter calling on the international community to provide assistance “by all possible diplomatic means” to the armed men trapped in the quick steel factory. According to European media reports, this appeal was made by Leonid Kuchma, Victor Yushchenko and Petro Poroshenko in a signed letter. On 13 May, Sviatoslav Palamar, a deputy commander of the “Asteam Regiment”, stated that his soldiers were in hiding at the quick steel plant and that, despite shortages of ammunition, food, water and medicine, they would continue “to the extent possible”. According to the Associated Press, Paramar said at the online meeting of the Kiev Security Forum, “We will continue to resist and maintain this line of defence as ordered by our senior political leaders. We will maintain the line of defence and continue fighting at all costs.” Speaking to a group of senior United States generals, Paramar called on the United States to help evacuate nearly 600 injured armed men from the plant. On 13 May, Russian Defence Minister Shoigu spoke on the telephone with United States Defence Minister Austin, the first time since Russia conducted a special military operation in Ukraine. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation stated that the day had been the subject of a telephone conversation with Austin. The parties discussed the issue of international security hotspots, including the situation in Ukraine. The US Department of Defense spokesman, Kirby, issued a brief statement on the same day, in which he urged “immediately” a ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining open channels of communication between the United States and Russian forces. The statement stated that the last phone call between Austin and Shoikou took place on 18 February. According to the information received, the call was made at the request of the United States and lasted approximately one hour. It has also been reported by CNN, citing United States defence officials, that Mili, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, will continue to seek a telephone call with the Russian Army Chief of Staff, Grasimof, whose last call so far took place on 11 February. Kirby stated to the United States media at the end of March that, following the conflict in Russia-Ukraine, the United States had sought a telephone conversation between the Chiefs of Defence of the United States and Russia and the Chiefs of General Staff of the two armies, but had received no response from the Russian side. The Commander of the European Command of the United States, Todd Walters, who has not disappeared, is still in office at Headquarters and will preside over the NATO meeting on May 19th, and is not the “big fish” of the Speed Steel Factory. Walters is about to retire normally, and the new European Command Commander of the United States, Cavally, has been nominated and will assume his functions upon confirmation by the Senate, and the handover of command from both sides will take place in the summer of 2022.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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