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Russia has tapped a new Ukrainian war commander to take centralized control of the next phase of the battle after its costly failures in the opening campaign and massacre of Ukrainian civilians.

However, US officials fail to see that one man makes a difference in Moscow’s prospects.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Credit:Bloomberg

Russia turned to General Alexander Dvornikov, 60, one of Russia’s most experienced military officers and — according to US officials — a general with a record of brutality against civilians in Syria and elsewhere. Until now, Russia had no central war commander on the ground.

The general’s appointment was confirmed by a senior US official who was not authorized to be identified and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said “no general appointment can erase the fact that Russia is already dealing with a strategic failure in Ukraine”.

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“This general will just be another author of crimes and atrocities against Ukrainian civilians,” he said in comments to CNN and NBC. “And the United States, as I said before, is determined to do everything we can to support the Ukrainians as they oppose him and resist the troops he orders.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki echoed that thought, saying: Fox News on Sunday“The reports we are seeing of a change in military leadership and the appointment of a general responsible for the atrocities and atrocities we have seen in Syria show that there will be a continuation of what we have already seen on the ground in Ukraine and that is what we expect.”

The decision to establish new leadership on the battlefield comes as Russia gears up for what is expected to be a major and more focused effort to expand Russian control in eastern and southern Ukraine, including the Donbas , and follows a failed opening bid in the north to capture Kiev. , the capital.

AP

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