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Putin taps ‘General Armageddon’ to reverse Ukraine battlefield failures

By Christopher Miller and Max Seddon

11 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Sergei Surovikin, the new commander of the Kremlin’s invasion force, is notorious for his ruthless tactics in Syria. The FT reports that he’s now applying similar brutal methods in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin gave a clue this week about the mastermind behind Russia’s heaviest missile onslaught since the early days of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In a television address lauding the operation and warning of more to come, the Russian president said Monday’s strikes on cities across Ukraine — launched in retaliation for the attack on the Kerch bridge linking Russia to the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea — were ordered “at the defence ministry’s suggestion”.

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