Vladimir Putin has sent in a General who is known as the “Butcher of Syria” who will lead Russian troops into a new form of warfare after the previous commanders failed.
Putin has appointed General Alexander Dvorknikov to lead the troops and has a reputation of intense “brutality” against innocent civilians and the Ukraine are braced to expect “more of the same.”
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Dvorknikov is suspected to be behind the missile attack on Kramatorsk train station last week where hundreds of civilians were trying to flee Ukraine which left more than 50 dead.
CNN reporter Jack Tapper said, “CNN has learned Putin has appointed a new military commander to oversee this Russian attack and invasion on Ukraine, General Alexander Dvornikov.
“Dvornikov is known for his brutality when he led Russia’s intervention in Syria.”
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned that Putin will unleash more attacks on Ukrainian civilians.
Sullivan said, “No appointment of any general can erase the fact that Russia has already faced a strategic failure in Ukraine.
“They thought they were going to be able to conquer the capital city and take other major cities with little resistance, that they’d, in fact, be welcomed with open arms.”
The US National Security Adviser continued, “What we’ve learned in the first few weeks of this war is that Ukraine will never be subjugated to Russia.
“It doesn’t matter which general President Putin tries to appoint.
“This particular general has a resume that includes brutality against civilians in other theatres in Syria and we can expect more of the same in this theatre.
“But it’s not something we need to anticipate looking forward, we’ve already seen it and we can expect more of it.”
Sullivan added, “This General will just be another author of crimes and brutality against Ukrainian civilians and the United States is determined all that we can to support Ukrainians as they resist him and as they resist the forces that he commands.”
Satellite imagery firm Maxar Technologies shared images which shows an eight mile convoy with tens of thousands of troops moving through the town of Velykyi Burluk, near Kharkiv.
To date Russia has failed in their “special military operation” and Moscow are desperate for a victory so they can justify the invasion, with Russian commanders believing their best chance to succeed is in the East.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said on Sunday evening, “Ukraine is ready for big battles.