Russian General Dvornikov, carnage from Chechnya to Donbass – Liberation

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The Kremlin has appointed Aleksandr Dvornikov to lead the offensive in southeastern Ukraine and allow Vladimir Putin to claim victory before the symbolic date of May 9. His record of service, particularly in Syria, earned him an appalling reputation.

Seen from Moscow, he is the man for the job. General Aleksandr Dvornikov, 60, has been chosen, according to the BBC and Sky News, to lead Russia’s next offensive in Ukraine. This officer, the only army general to lead a military district, has been in charge of that of southern Russia since 2016. This range of action includes Crimea, Donbass and the region of Rostov-sur-le- Don, as much to say that he knows the place. Dvornikov will be tasked within hours or days with launching the next Russian offensive in Ukraine with one mission: to capture all of Donbass. For this, the soldier will have to improve communication between the different districts, which was lacking during the first offensive launched on February 24.

Cannon fodder

It’s time to prepare. For several days now, troops have been gathering on the southeastern borders of Ukraine. The offensive on Mariupol, nearing its end, will certainly mark the beginning of this second operation. However, the general’s mission has several constraints. First, time. Dvornikov will have to conclude his operation, inevitably victorious, in less than a month, before May 9, day of commemoration of the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany. May 9 is the zenith of Russian patriotism, celebrated with a military parade and then a civilian parade; Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to be able to present a victory there. The victory will consist in the capture of all the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, whose borders have changed little since the start of the operation. The Russian army, busy and struggling in the big cities of Ukraine, has so far relied on the cannon fodder of inexperienced adults mobilized in the separatist areas and militiamen of the paramilitary organization Wagner to attempt to push the Ukrainian front north.

In eight years, the Ukrainian army has created a line of contact that is difficult to break through, so a large part of the Donetsk region has yet to be conquered by Russia. But General Dvornikov will not have to content himself with taking the region: he will have to, in the words of the Kremlin, demilitarize it by trapping as many Ukrainian soldiers as possible. The scenario is known in advance because the Kremlin hardliners have been dreaming about it since 2014. While in recent days, these warmongers have been getting excited and crying foul every time the Kremlin has hinted that the he military operation could be coming to an end, Dvornikov will be in charge of offering them their pride on a platter for May 9.

Nation’s Honors

Aleksandr Dvornikov also thrills experts on the Syrian question. Because the soldier is not known to be in lace, even less for his attachment to the rules of war. Since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, he has also been the commander of the group of Russian armed forces present there. In 2015, under his command, Russian forces in Syria were widely accused by NGOs of bombing civilian neighborhoods and targeting hospitals. On the New York TimesRami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, believes, for example, that “Bashar al-Assad is not the only one to be held responsible for the murder of civilians in Syria: General Aleksandr Dvornikov should be too. As commander of military operations, that means he is behind the killing of Syrian civilians.”

Needless to say, Dvornikov has the CV to match the job. He was born in 1961 in Oussouriisk, in the Far East, before leaving to study in Moscow where he received his diploma with honors from the Higher School of Combined Arms Command. In 1982, he served in the Far Eastern Military District as a platoon commander, company commander, and battalion chief of staff. From 1995 to 2000 he was commander of a motorized rifle regiment in the Moscow Military District. As the Second Chechen War was in full swing, he was later appointed commander of a motorized rifle division in the North Caucasus Military District. Such a career obviously involves the honors of the nation. The general was awarded the title “Hero of the Russian Federation” in 2016 and was appointed as an army general in 2020. While the Russian army’s first intervention in Ukraine raised many questions about his real capabilities, General Dvornikov will be in charge, during the few weeks allotted to him, to act, this time, quickly and efficiently.

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