Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov © Sputnik / Sergey Fadeichev  

RT: Russia announces new head of Ukraine mission  

The move is linked to the increased scale and complexity of coordinating troops, the defense ministry says 

The head of the Russian General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov, has been appointed to lead Moscow’s joint forces group in Ukraine, the defense ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The former commander of the military operation, Army General Sergey Surovikin, has been made his deputy. The need to “raise the operation command level” was linked to an “increased scale of the combat missions,” and the need for closer coordination between various services and branches of the armed forces, the ministry said. 

The move will also improve logistics support and command effectiveness for the Russian forces in Ukraine, it added.  

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WNU editor: This appointment of Gerasimov to head the Ukraine mission caught my attention today.  This is a signal to me that the war in Ukraine is about to escalate significantly, and that Russia is expecting NATO to intervene even more in Ukraine. 

To put it bluntly. The bigger the war gets, the higher up the chain of command gets involved. And we are now seeing it in real time on the Russia side.

Russia’s Top Military General Now Commander Of The War In Ukraine  

Gerasimov appointed commander of Russian group of forces in Ukraine operation — TASS

Valery Gerasimov Appointed Commander of Russian Forces in Ukraine — Moscow Times

Chief of General Staff Gerasimov Named Commander of Russian Forces in Special Military Operation — Sputnik 

Russia changes commanders again in Ukraine — Reuters

Russia replaces military commander in Ukraine again — after just 3 months — CBS/AFP

Russia names Valery Gerasimov new commander of Ukraine invasion — Axios

Russia appoints top soldier Valery Gerasimov to oversee Ukraine campaign — ABC News Australia

Who is Valery Gerasimov, the new leader of Russia’s war in Ukraine? — The Hill