Sergei Surovikin is to lead Russian troops in the war in Ukraine.
Since mid-October, Sergej Surovikin (56) led Russian troops in Ukraine. He is known as Vladimir Putin’s “General Armageddon”, 70. In October, he promised a high speed attack and “crushing the enemy”.
Russia is dropping massive bombs on Ukraine, but it had to withdraw in some places. Last time in the strategically important city of Kherson. In Russia, Surovikin is now personally criticized.
Darya Dugina’s father killed vs Surovikin
The ideologue Alexander Dugin (60), who is close to the Kremlin, is clearly opposed to the general’s decision. “The limit has been reached,” Dugin told the “Tsargrad” online news portal. He declares that Kherson is the last piece of Ukrainian territory that Russia can give up.
Dugin, whose daughter Darya († 29) was murdered in August, which Russia interprets as an assassination attempt by Ukraine, increases the pressure on Surovikin. Some are also calling on the general to step up the announced bombing of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Vladimir Solovyov, 59, one of the best-known propagandists, said on television last week, according to Reuters: “I appeal to the hero of the Russian army, General Surovikin: Comrade army general, I am asking you to stop the total destruction. energy infrastructure to complete the Ukrainian Nazi junta.”
The clowning of politicians
Other state television commentators are also beginning to question the strategy. Maxim Yusin, a political commentator for Kommersant, says in a talk show that Russians are not being told the truth about the war.
He complains that Kremlin politicians continue to claim that the Russian military under Surovikin is stronger than it is.
Yusin says: “Even now, against the backdrop of recent developments, people say: ‘We will reach the Polish border. We’ll get to Berlin, to the English Channel, to Lisbon.” And now all over the world, including here, people who say that look like clowns. The antics are just rude.”
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“What are we shedding our blood for?”
Russian miblogger Vladlen Tatarsky was also upset by the withdrawal from Kherson. He has more than half a million followers on the Telegram news service. Tatarsky is outraged that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi (44) was able to pass through Kherson shortly after the withdrawal.
He asks, “What are we shedding our blood for? Why can Zelensky come to Kherson in peace?” He believes that you either need a “full-scale war or nothing will work.”
Margarita Simonyan (42), editor-in-chief of the Russian broadcaster RT, addresses Surovikin more tamely. “We are waiting for your great results and we are praying for you, I pray for you every day. She wanted the general to ignore the “nonsense” of the critics. (eu)