Putin loses his “General Armageddon”

Russian General Sergei Surovikin, known by the nickname “General Armageddon,” has lost his post. This reports the German news website merkur.de referring to information provided by Alexei Venediktov, former editor-in-chief of the defunct liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy.

According to the report, the head of Russia’s Aerospace Forces was removed from his job two months after the uprising by the Russian mercenary group Wagner. He would be removed, but would remain under the authority of the Russian Defense Ministry, according to Venediktov. Merkur.de further reports that this information would coincide with information from nationalist Russian military blogs.

From October 2022 to January 2023, Surovikin, “General Armageddon,” was commander-in-chief of Russian units in Ukraine. In the fall, he ordered the withdrawal of occupation forces from Kherson in southern Ukraine. The general gained his nickname after his time in Syria. There, he is said to have earned the reputation due to his “unconventional” and “tough” nature. Surovikin was considered one of the most important allies of the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Image: kremlin.ru, Совещание по развитию дальневосточных городов (2023-03-14) 02, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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