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Valery Gerasimov – Commander of the Joint Group of Troops (Forces) of the Russian Special Operations

Chief of the General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov.  Photo by Sergey Fadeichev/TASS

Chief of the General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov. Photo by Sergey Fadeichev/TASS

January 11, 2023 Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu new appointments were made to the leadership of the Special Military Operation. This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Army General Sergei Surovikin.  Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation/TASS

Army General Sergei Surovikin. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation/TASS

Valery Gerasimov – Commander of the United Group of Forces of Russia

“Army General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff, has been appointed Commander of the Joint Group of Troops (Forces). And his deputies were: Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces, General of the Army Sergei Surovikin, Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces, General of the Army Oleg Salyukov, and Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Colonel General Alexei Kim,” the military spokesman said. department.

An important detail: for the first time, the Ground Forces of the Russian Armed Forces are included in the Special Military Operation. And this suggests that the queen of the fields, the infantry, will soon appear on the battlefield.

Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces General of the Army Oleg Salyukov.  Photo by Sergey Savostyanov/TASS

Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces General of the Army Oleg Salyukov. Photo by Sergey Savostyanov/TASS

“The increase in the level of leadership of the Special Military Operation is associated with the expansion of the scale of tasks solved in the course of its implementation, the need to organize closer interaction between the branches and branches of the Armed Forces, as well as improving the quality of all types of support and the effectiveness of command and control of groupings of troops (forces)”, – emphasized in the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel General Alexei Kim

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel General Alexei Kim

A photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Biography of Valery Gerasimov

Valery Vasilievich Gerasimov. Born in 1955 (67 years old) in a family of Kazan workers. Professional military man, in the army from the Kazan Suvorov Military School. General of the Army and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Ministry of Defense since 2012. He was responsible for the preparation of the operation (2014) for the annexation of Crimea and the conduct of the Special Military Operation (2015) in Syria. Hero of the Russian Federation since 2016.

It is curious that in 1977 he served as a platoon commander, then a company and later a battalion chief of staff in the 80th Tank Regiment of the 90th Guards Tank Division of the Northern Group of Forces in Poland. Locations and staff maps are familiar.

In February 2001, he commanded the 58th Combined Arms Army in the North Caucasian Military District. From December 2006 to December 2007 he was the Chief of Staff of the North Caucasus Military District.

Since November 13, 2012, Valery Gerasimov has been a member of the Russian Security Council, and is the acting Minister of Defense of Russia when he is on business trips outside the country. Laureate of all Western sanctions.

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