Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new general to lead the war in Ukraine because his military is changing its plans following the failure to capture Kiev, a U.S. official and a European official have said.
CNN Army General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of Russia’s southern military district, has been appointed commander of Russia’s theater campaign theater, officials said.
“It’s going to get worse and they are talking with Russian consent that they should do something different,” the European official said.
A new theater commander with extensive combat experience could bring a level of coordination to the attack that is expected to focus on the Donbass area instead of multiple fronts.
Dvornikov, 60, was Russia’s first commander in chief of military operations in Syria. During Duvorniko’s command in Syria from September 2015 to June 2016, Russian aircraft supported the Assad regime and its allies during the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, bombing densely populated neighborhoods and causing large civilian casualties. The city fell to Syrian government forces in December 2016.
Russian forces have taken a similarly drastic approach in some parts of Ukraine, attacking residential buildings in major cities and demolishing much of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
“We will see how effective it will be,” the European official said. “Russian theory, Russian tactics are the same as they were in Afghanistan.”
“They do things the same old way,” the official added.
U.S. officials familiar with military analysts and intelligence estimates have speculated that Russia’s generals may aim to give Putin some definite war progress ahead of Victory Day on May 9. Red Square.
The European official described it as a “self-imposed deadline” that would lead the Russians to make further mistakes.
But this could lead to more atrocities by Russian forces, as happened in Pucha, a suburb of Pucha, during Russian occupation. “The stench of these war crimes has been hanging over these Russian armed forces for years,” the official said.
Former United Kingdom Ambassador to Russia Sir Roderick Line told Sky News in Moscow on Saturday that Moscow had “appointed a new general with a beautiful barbaric record in Syria, trying to get at least part of Putin’s victory in Donetsk.”
The appointment of a new general commander for Russia’s war in Ukraine may be an attempt to develop a more integrated strategy. According to two U.S. defense officials, CNN previously reported that Russia does not have a theater-level commander for Ukraine’s operations, meaning that sections of different Russian military districts sometimes operate with “cross-objectives”.
The United States has previously estimated that Putin could name a general operating in the south of Ukraine, as the Russians occupied much of the territory, rather than trying to encircle the cities of Kiev and northern Ukraine. Finished with a recent withdrawal.
Ukrainian civil servants said on Friday that Russian forces had withdrawn from Ukraine’s North Sumi region, while continuing to concentrate troops in the east of the country.