Sergei Slovikin is Russia’s new commander-in-chief, dubbed “General Armageddon” by his colleagues.
He is said to be behind Monday’s deadly attacks across Ukraine.
Surovikin led Russian forces in Syria in the early 2000s, According to The New York Times.
A former colleague has described the new commander of the Russian military as “absolutely ruthless” and “having little respect for human life”. airstrike all over the country
Air Force General Sergey Slovikin was appointed by the Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday as commander-in-chief of Russian forces fighting in Ukraine. According to ReutersIt’s unclear who issued Monday’s executive order, but airstrikeSurovikin is known bomb civilian areas In the past.
Former Defense Ministry official who worked with Slovikin told Guardian Australia they weren’t surprised deadly bombing At least five people died in the Ukrainian capital on Monday morning.
“Slovikin is absolutely ruthless and has little regard for human life,” said a former colleague who asked to remain anonymous.
According to The Guardian, his colleagues nicknamed him “General Armageddon” because of his callous approach to warfare.
According to the New York Times, Slovikin led Russian forces in Syria during the civil war in the early 2000s.Human Rights Watch Said He was one of the military leaders likely to assume “command responsibility for breaches during the 2019-2020 Idlib offensive” in Syria.
During the Idlib offensive, Syrian-Russian Alliance It launched dozens of airstrikes and ground attacks that hit homes, schools and medical facilities. Human Rights Watch reported that the attacks killed at least 1,600 civilians and displaced an estimated 1.4 million people.
Surovikin was born in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in 1966 and has served in the army since at least 1991. report by Al Jazeera. In 1991, he spent at least his six months in prison after soldiers under his command killed three of his protesters. attempted coup In Moscow, The Times reported.
On February 23, the day before Russia invaded Ukraine, Slovikin said: European Union sanctions list For supporting and implementing policies that undermine and threaten Ukraine’s independence.
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