Global Affairs

The Ukraine war’s dangerous diplomatic games

Russia is aiming to force a ceasefire by means of an indiscriminate bombing blitz

Firefighters at a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone strike in Kyiv on Oct 17, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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There is a reason General Sergei Surovikin, the newly appointed overall commander of the Russian troops fighting in Ukraine, goes by the nickname General Armageddon.

For the bald 56-year-old officer not only resembles a James Bond movie villain, he also behaves like one, with a reputation for brutality in warfare, and especially for bombing civilians in Russia’s campaign in Syria, an operation that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

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