Sergei Shoigu, the Russian minister of defence pushed aside by Putin.

 Russian military veterans who have served in combat are likely to have regularly made fun of Shoigu.

 "leadership that is ineffective and out of touch"

According to a Twitter intelligence update from the U.K. defence ministry, Russian development has stalled.

Shoigu, a native of the isolated Tuva region of Russia.

During the demise of the Soviet Union, the minister of emergency situations in the Kremlin.

In 2012, Putin appointed him defence minister.

On August 24, six months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine celebrated its independence day.

Shoigu spoke at a SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) defence ministers meeting in Uzbekistan.