Valery Gerasimov appointed as Russia’s new commander for the war in Ukraine. Photo/CNN
JAKARTA – Valery Gerasimov has been appointed as the new commander to replace General Sergei Surokivin nicknamed “General Armageddon”.
Valery Gerasimov was appointed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on 14 January 2023 to oversee Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.
The defense ministry said the changes were designed to increase the effectiveness of managing military operations in Ukraine after nearly a year of the invasion.
On this change Ukrainian officials and some in the West say that Russia will soon try to launch a new attack and is expected to be bigger than before.
According to Sky News, Valery Gerasimov is Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man and is one of the three people responsible for planning the invasion of Ukraine. Two of them are the President and the Minister of Defence.
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The man who was born on September 8, 1955 is a veteran commander of the second Chechen war, at that time he served as deputy to General Nikolai Makarov.
Gerasimov is due to visit the front in the eastern Donbas region in May. Because the troops in the region suffered heavy losses which resulted in a decline in morale.
According to some reports, the 67-year-old is said to have devised the “Gerasimov doctrine”, which combined military, technological, informational, diplomatic, economic, cultural and other tactics to achieve goals.
According to the New York Times, Gen. Valery Gerasimov was also responsible for planning and executing Russia’s operations in Syria.
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