The Ministry of Defense for the first time named the commanders of groupings of troops in Ukraine

The Southern Group of Forces is led by the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces, General of the Army, Hero of Russia Sergei Surovikin. Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, Commander of the Central Military District, leads the formations and military units of the “Center” group of troops

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation named the commanders of the groupings of troops in Ukraine.

Thus, formations and military units of the group of troops “Center” are under the command of Colonel General Alexander Lapin. They managed to block the city of Lisichansk in Ukraine from the south.

Also, within five days, they took control of 11 settlements, including Loskutovka, Mirnaya Dolina and Ustinovka.

Army General Sergei Surovikin is in command of the southern grouping of troops. The department said that she “completed the rout” encircled group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Gorsky cauldron.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Sergey Surovikin was born October 11, 1966 in Novosibirsk. He graduated from the Omsk Higher Combined Arms Command School named after M.V. Frunze with a gold medal.

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Surovikin has been in active military service in the Armed Forces of the USSR (then— Russia) since 1983.

He was among the military personnel who took part in the 1991 coup. He was 25; Dmitry Komar, Ilya Krichevsky and Vladimir Usov. After the coup, Surovikin spent half a year in Matrosskaya Tishina, but the investigation found him innocent, since at that moment he was following the orders of the leadership.

Surovikin participated in the armed conflict in Tajikistan, in the Second Chechen War and military operation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Since October 31, 2017, he has been the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces (VKS) of Russia. In December of the same year, he was awarded the title of Hero of Russia “for the courage and heroism shown in the performance of military duty in Syria.”

In August 2021, the President of Russia awarded Surovikin the military rank of Army General.

Alexander Lapin was born in 1964 in Kazan. He graduated from the Kazan Higher Tank Command School, the Military Academy of Armored Forces, the Military Academy of the General Staff and passed all command positions.

In November 2017, Putin appointed Lapin as commander of the troops of the Central Military District.

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