Reuters wrote, this army officer previously led the Guards Division in the Chechnya War in 2004. In 2017, he participated in the Syrian war and won a medal.
This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a new battlefield commander amid the sacking of multiple commanders in two of Russia’s five military regions in Ukraine.
According to the Guardian’s report, this general, who opened fire on pro-democracy protests in 1990, was in command of Russian forces in southern Ukraine.
Surovykin, a former head of the Russian Aerospace Forces, was appointed head of the southern region this summer.