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    Shoigu Appoints General Surovikin Commander of Joint Group of Forces in Ukraine

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    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu appointed General Sergei Surovikin as commander of a joint group of troops in the area of ​​the military operation. This was announced by the official representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov.

    Previously, the presence of such a position was not mentioned, RBC notes. At the end of June, it became known that General Surovikin was appointed to command the Southern grouping of Russian troops involved in hostilities in Ukraine. Under his leadership, she occupied the points of Gorskoye and Zolote (20 km south of Lisichansk).

    with respect, but fear. Because the head can fly off the shoulders instantly: Surovikin does not stand on ceremony with stupid commanders, ”wrote military analyst Boris Rozhin, commenting on the appointment.

    was appointed commander of the troops of the Eastern Military District. Previously, he commanded the Russian grouping of troops “Vostok” in Ukraine.

    Melikov called the decision to appoint Muradov the right one, since his countryman has a military education and combat experience that Muradov received in hot spots – Syria and Chechnya .

    “Rustam Usmanovich has always been a leader who led others, a strategist who makes the right decisions, a courageous fighter who goes on the attack first,” — the governor said.

    The commander in the Western Military District also changed, RBC wrote about this on October 3. Instead of Colonel General Alexander Zhuravlev, Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov was appointed, the newspaper writes with reference to the data of the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.

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    What is known about the general

    Surovikin – a native of Novosibirsk, has been in the armed forces since 1983 of the year. According to media reports, he was part of a limited contingent of Soviet troops in Afghanistan. In 1995 he graduated from the Frunze Omsk Higher All-Arms Command School.

    Sergey Surovikin is known for being on the side of the putschists in 1991, during the putsch of the State Emergency Committee. On the night of August 21, the military column commanded by Surovikin was blocked by protesters, three people died as a result of the clash, follows from the TASS certificate.

    After that, Surovikin was arrested and spent seven months in the Matrosskaya detention center Silence,” but eventually the charges against him were dropped on the grounds that he was following orders. According to the recollections of participants in the events, the President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin personally ordered the release of Captain Surovikin, TASS writes.

    Since 1995, he served in the 201st motorized rifle GatChina twice Red Banner division stationed in Tajikistan. In 2002 he graduated with honors from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

    He has been a participant in the Second Chechen campaign since June 2004. There Surovikin gained a reputation as a tough and demanding military leader. During his service in Chechnya, his public promise to “destroy three militants for every dead soldier” gained wide resonance.

    In 2013, he became commander of the Eastern Military District. In this position, in particular, he was actively involved in the creation of military infrastructure in the Kuril Islands and in the Arctic.

    From March to December 2017 and from January to April 2019, he led the group of troops in Syria. In 2017, he headed the Aerospace Forces, at the same time he received the title of Hero of Russia. He became the first combined-arms commander in the history of Russia and the USSR to head the VKS. In August 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Surovikin the rank of army general. He was also awarded the Orders of St. George IV degree, Courage, “For Military Merit”.

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