General Sergei Vladimirovich Surovikin has been appointed commander of all Russian forces involved in the invasion of Ukraine. Job description – ‘Stop the rot. Get on the front foot. Do whatever it takes’. The last point is why, after months of humiliating military defeats, and with political dissent beginning to appear in public, President Putin gave the order – send for Sorovikin.
With public opinion turning against the war and explosions striking targets well inside Russia, the Kremlin is on the defensive.