Vladimir Putin has appointed General Sergie Surovikin thrives on bloodshed and “achieved notoriety in Russia” for “killing tens of thousands of civilians” by “carpet bombing of cities.”
The Ukraine and the West have been given a grim warning that General Surovikin is a “nasty piece of work” who “knows not limit to war.”
This is a very loud and clear sign that the Russian leader does not want an end to war and there will be further bloodshed.
Professor Scott Lucas of American Studies and specialises in foreign policy gave a warning about General Surovikin that he is a very nasty history of committing crimes against humanity.
Professor Lucas told Times Radio: “The latest General to be topped, General Surovikin, is a particularly nasty piece of work.
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“Achieved notoriety in Russia, in 1991 when there was an attempted coup by the military.
“And he drove a tank over protestors, killing three of them.
“But then he achieved much wider notoriety with overseeing devastating operations in Chechnya and then for years in Syria.”
Professor Scott Lucas added, “Where he was the overall commander where the Russians killed thousands… Indeed tens of thousands of civilians.
“With just this carpet bombing of the cities that were held by the opposition.
“So, this is a man who knows no limit in war, and it is a sign.
“If you want a sign here that the idea of negotiating with Vladimir Putin, and the idea that there is some type of off-ramp to settle this without further Russian attempts of bloodshed, no way.
“I mean, he’s doubling down with the idea and it’s not just Ukraine’s military but Ukraine’s civilians that are going to have to be killed, after seven and a half months.”
Since General Surovikin was appointed Kyiv and every single city has been sounding their air raid sirens since Monday.
Overnight Russia launched a fresh wave of strikes which saw cruise missiles hitting a school and a car dealership leaving one dead, along with other “public facilities.”
In Zaporizhzhia a medical facility and residential buildings were blown to smithereens and explosions were heard in Odessa and Vinnytsia along Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.
Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhia OVA, wrote on Telegram, “A rocket strike from 12 S-300 rockets hit public facilities.
“Two rockets hit a car dealership, as a result of which one person died, a fire broke out, and the emergency services managed to put it out.”
Anatoly Kurtev, a senior member of Zaporizhzhia City Council, blamed Moscow for the “terrorist” attack in the city.
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that Russia could have violated international law.
Ravina Shamdasani told a news conference,”We are gravely concerned that some of the attacks appear to have targeted critical civilian infrastructure… indicating that these strikes may have violated the principles on the conduct of hostilities under international humanitarian law.”