Putin appoints new commander of occupying forces in Ukraine

8 October 2022, 06:44 PM
Sergey Surovikin (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

Sergey Surovikin (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

General Sergey Surovikin was appointed commander of the Russian Federation forces in Ukraine on Oct 8, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said, according to a report by Russian outlet RIA-Novosti.

No reasons for the decision were given in the report, but the new appointment is likely related to the failures of the Russian army in Ukraine.

At the end of June 2022, Surovikin became the commander of the southern group of Russian troops in Ukraine. It carried out an offensive in Zolote and Hirske of Luhansk Oblast.

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Before his assignment to Ukraine, Surovikin was the commander of the Russian group in Syria, then in 2017, Putin appointed him as the head of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Meanwhile, the commander of the troops of Russia’s Eastern Military District was also replaced. According to the database of the Unified State Register of Legal Entities of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov was appointed to this position.

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