Sergei Surovikin is the new Russian Commander-in-Chief and has been dubbed “General Armageddon” by his colleagues. He is believed to be behind Monday’s deadly attacks across Ukraine. Surovikin led Russian troops in Syria in the early 2000s, according to The New York Times. Something is loading.
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Former colleagues describe the new Russian army commander as “absolutely ruthless” and say he has “little respect for human life”. including Monday’s deadly airstrikes across the country
Air Force General Sergei Surovikin was appointed by the Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday to become the overall commander of Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, according to . Although it is unclear who issued the directive for Monday’s airstrikes, Surovikin is known to have bombed civilian areas in the past.
A former Ministry of Defense official who worked with Surovikin told The Guardian Australia they were not surprised by the deadly bombing in the Ukrainian capital that killed at least five people on Monday morning.
“Surovikin is absolutely ruthless, with little respect for human life,” the unnamed former colleague said: “I’m afraid his hands are completely covered in Ukrainian blood.”
Because of his ruthless approach to war, his colleagues gave him the nickname “General Armageddon”, according to The Guardian.
According to the New York Times, Surovikin led Russian troops in Syria during the country’s civil war in the early 2000s. Human Rights Watch said he was among the military leaders who could bear “command responsibility for violations committed during the 2019-2020 Idlib offensive” in Syria.
During the Idlib offensive, the Syrian-Russian alliance launched dozens of air and ground attacks that hit homes, schools and health facilities. Human Rights Watch reported that the attacks killed at least 1,600 civilians and displaced around 1.4 million people.
Surovikin was born in 1966 in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and has served in the military since at least 1991, as reported by Al Jazeera. In 1991, he spent at least six months in jail after soldiers under his command killed three protesters in a failed coup attempt in Moscow, The Times reported.
On February 23, a day before Russia invaded Ukraine, Surovikin was placed on a European Union sanctions list for supporting and implementing policies that undermine and threaten Ukraine’s independence. Ukraine.