The Kremlin appointed Alexander Vladimirovich Dornikov as commander-in-chief in the Ukraine war after a period of costly military operations by Russian troops in Ukraine and expectations did not match expectations on the battlefield; A position that did not exist before and during the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
The appointment of the 60-year-old commander, one of Russia’s most experienced officers with a long history of violence against Syrian civilians, has sparked a wave of speculation among US officials. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has claimed that he will commit more “war crimes” and “atrocities” against Ukrainian civilians.
The general is known as the “Syrian butcher” because of the destruction of his forces during the Syrian civil war, when Russia supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in fighting the rebels.
Mr Sullivan says no appointment to any command could erase the fact that Russia has already suffered a strategic defeat in Ukraine. “This general will be another perpetrator of atrocities and atrocities against Ukrainian civilians, and the United States, as I said before, is determined to do all it can to support the Ukrainians,” he said.
“Reports indicate a change in military leadership,” White House spokesman Jen Saki confirmed. “The placement of this general, who was responsible for the crimes and atrocities in Syria, shows that we will see the continuation of this violence in Ukraine.”
Dornikov became famous during his leadership of the Russian forces in Syria, where Moscow has launched a military campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. He is a professional military officer and has been steadily promoted to the rank of platoon commander since 1982. He fought in Chechnya during the Second World War and held several important positions before taking over responsibility for Russian forces in Syria in 2015.
Under Dornikov, Russian forces in Syria suppressed the opposition by destroying cities. Continuous attacks that have displaced millions of Syrian civilians. The bombing razed towns and cities across the country, especially Aleppo and Homs, and destroyed basic infrastructure such as hospitals and water resources.
The main concern now is that under his command, even if there is no progress in the war, Russia will massacre and destroy the cities, and the fate of Aleppo for the Ukrainian cities will be decided in some way.
However, US defense and foreign policy officials believe that the appointment will not ultimately bring about a major change in the current situation and that the paper will not return to its advantage as the Kremlin believes.