Russia has appointed Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov to take over operations in Ukraine, which causes a severe cause of concern as some military analysts see this as an indication that the war could be more brutal.
Dvornikov, who recently oversaw the Russian troops in Syria and had a history of targeting civilians, was chosen as the new ground commander in Ukraine. This was confirmed by the US officials and western officials too.
Military Career of Dvornikov
This 60-year-old military General Joined Soviet Army in 1982. He became Deputy Commander of the 10th Guards Tank Division's 248th Motor Rifle Regiment. On 13 December 2012, Dvornikov was promoted to lieutenant general. On 13 December 2014, he became a colonel general. In September 2015, Dvornikov was the first commander of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria during the Russian military intervention in Syria.
On 23 June 2020, he became an Army General by order of President Putin.
Awards received by Dvornikov
Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 4th class
Order of Courage
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 3rd class
Order of Military Merit
Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 2nd class
His appointment signifies an apparent streamlining of Russia's chain of command as three commanders have been replaced before him. This will lead to renewed assault in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.