Putin Just Dumped His Top Commander in Ukraine

Putin Just Dumped His Top Commander in Ukraine


Russia Replaces Ukraine Invasion Commander – As Russian forces struggle to regain previously captured territories in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin this week announced the departure of Sergei Surovikin as the top commander in Ukraine.
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Survovikin, who was tasked with leading the Ukraine offensive just three months ago, will be replaced by Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.
The announcement comes as Russia claims to be making some progress in the Donbas region, though could also be seen as an admission that Surovikin’s tactics weren’t working. General Gerasimov, however, is unlikely to operate in a dramatically different way.
The Russian military official, who is the longest-serving chief of the general staff since the fall of the Soviet Union, has long been known as “General Armageddon” as a result of his brutal tactics in Syria. Specifically, Gerasimov oversaw the massive missile strike campaign in Aleppo in 2016.
The bombardment impacted 300,000 residents, causing major damage to the city and cutting off huge numbers of people from food and other essential resources.
Russian forces were …

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