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Russia replaces war commander in Ukraine

"Unless Russia is able to change its tactics, it's very difficult to see how they succeed in even these limited objectives that they've reset themselves," the official added. 

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London: Russia has appointed Gen Alexander Dyornikov as the command of its operation in Ukraine, according to a western official.

BBC quoted a Western official as saying that Russia has reorganised the command of its operations in Ukraine, with the new general having an extensive experience in battle operations in Syria.

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“The commander (Gen Dyornikov) has a lot of experience in carrying Russian operations in Syria. So we would expect the overall command and control to improve,” the source said on Friday.

According to the official, he has been deployed to improve the coordination between various Russian units. The new instatement was done in an attempt to improve coordination between various units, as Russian groups had previously been organised and commanded separately, the official said.

The official pointed out that the Russian tactics had seen its troops being held back by smaller numbers of Ukrainian units acting more intelligently and with surprise, despite Russia being thought to have a “substantial” force of slightly fewer than 100 operational battalion tactical groups, BBC reported.

“Unless Russia is able to change its tactics, it’s very difficult to see how they succeed in even these limited objectives that they’ve reset themselves,” the official added. 

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