Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Will Putin’s latest general escalate the war in Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin and Valery Gerasimov (Credit: Getty images)

So, one granite-faced general has been replaced by another. The announcement that, after just three months in post, General Sergei Surovikin is being succeeded as overall commander of Russia’s war in Ukraine by Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov may sound like appointing a new captain for a hull-breached Titanic.

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