Replacing Surovikin signals shift in Putin’s approach to war, UK intelligence says

12 January, 06:48 AM
Valery Gerasimov (Photo:Sputnik/Sergei Fadeichev/Pool via REUTERS)

Valery Gerasimov (Photo:Sputnik/Sergei Fadeichev/Pool via REUTERS)

Gen. Valery Gerasimov’s appointment as the new commander of Russian invasion force in Ukraine indicates a change in Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s approach to prosecuting the war, UK Defense Intelligence said in their Jan. 11 report on Twitter.

Earlier on Jan. 11, Russian Defense Ministry announced Gerasimov – head of Russia’s General Staff – was replacing Sergey Surovikin as the commander of Moscow’s so-called “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine.

UK Defense Ministry described the change of commanders as a sign of “significant development in Russian President Putin's approach to managing the war” and “a clear acknowledgment that the campaign is falling short of Russia's strategic goals.”

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“This move is likely to be greeted with extreme displeasure by much of the Russian ultra-nationalist and military blogger community, who have increasingly blamed Gerasimov for the poor execution of the war,” the message said.

On Dec. 6, 2022, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that top Russian military command has failed to meet Kremlin's expectations and is likely to be replaced.

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