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    Top Russian Military Officer Put in Charge of Ukraine Action

    Top Russian Military Officer Put in Charge of Ukraine Action

    — Russia's top officer was put in charge of troops fighting in on Wednesday, a move that appears to reflect the Kremlin's dissatisfaction with the current leadership and flaws in the military's performance.

    Russia's Defense Ministry said that Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, was named the commander of the unified group of forces in Ukraine.

    The previous commander, Gen. Sergei Surovikin, was demoted to become Gerasimov's deputy along with two other generals.

    The reshuffle, which was formally ordered by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, clearly came on Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval, signaling that he still has trust in his top military leaders who have faced broad criticism for the troops' performance in the conflict.

    It also suggests a recognition of flaws in carrying out what Putin called “the special military operation” in Ukraine.

    While announcing Gerasimov's appointment, the Defense Ministry said it was aimed at improving coordination between various forces fighting in Ukraine.

    “Raising the level of leadership of the special military operation is linked to the expansion of the scale of the tasks being fulfilled as part of it and the need to organize closer interaction between branches of the military and to increase the quality of supplies and the efficiency of directing groups of forces,” the Defense…

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