Putin names new commander of Russia’s war in Ukraine


Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new commander to lead his forces in Ukraine.

General Valery Gerasimov will replace Sergei Surovikin, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Telegram on Wednesday, a change that comes as Kremlin forces appeared close to a breakthrough in bitter fighting on the eastern front.

The announcement came just three months after Surovikin became the first person in sole charge of the campaign since Russia launched its invasion on February 24.

said the ministry he he would now serve as one of Gerasimov’s three deputies, along with Army General Oleg Salyukov and Colonel General Alexey Kim.

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