Putin’s New Commander Is An “Executioner”

General Aleksandr Dvornikov’s past in the Russian military is exactly why he seems to fit Putin’s desired strategy in Ukraine. He is currently serving as the commander for Russia’s southern military district, which includes regions like Chechnya and Crimea. Dvornikov is well-versed in campaigns involving attacks on civilians and the sewing of chaos. He was the “executioner” in Syria during the mayhem of 2015. Dvornikov played a major role in Russia’s bombardment efforts in the country in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

General Aleksandr Dvornikov

“The way he has conducted combat operations in the past has caused him to be… [perceived as] the kind of executioner we’ve seen prosecute these kinds of campaigns where there’s an awful lot of civilian attacks, civilian destruction, [and] chaos on populations, both in Syria and Grozny,” the retired general said. “So this is the guy who’s going to be asked to deliver success before the [May 9th], Mayday Parade in Moscow.” (Source) To date, it is unclear if Dvornikov will be able to deliver on Putin’s aspirations. This is despite his background and experience, due to the Russian military’s lack of forces in Ukraine’s eastern region. Ukraine has held its own up until now, when it may come into question because of Dvornikov. His predecessor committed suicide. No doubt knowing the brutality he would suffer from Putin as he was considered a failure.

Liz Cheney stated, “I think this clearly is genocide. Europe needs to understand and grapple with the fact that you’ve got a genocidal campaign…I think also that the Europeans need to understand that they’re funding that genocidal campaign. I understand the economic consequences to countries in Western Europe if they were to impose the kind of oil and gas embargo that the U.S. has imposed against Russian oil and gas, but they need to do it.” (Source)

Our allies in Western European nations have been largely aligned with us in imposing strict financial sanctions against the Russian economy and Moscow’s elite, but have been reluctant to swiftly ban imports of Russian energy. This dichotomy is hypocritical and ironic. Russia’s unprovoked aggression on Ukraine has received swift and widespread international condemnation.  Just this past Friday, Russian forces came under further scrutiny after one of their missiles struck a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, killing at least 50 Ukrainian civilians, who were attempting to flee the war-torn country.

The Russian-led war is likely to end when the problem that Putin caused by starting this war is resolved by fighting on the battlefield by Ukraine unless a cease-fire takes hold. The United States will also be expected to play a leading role in helping Ukraine rebuild its armed forces, its economy, and its shattered cities. At the end of the day, if the United States sent in troops or not, it will cost the United States to rebuild. Either way, the United States will pay.

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  1. This was a wise move on Putin’s. Dvornikov is a proponent of the “integrated groups” school of tactical maneuver warfare. Ironically, he credits the U.S. for pioneering this doctrine (the marriage of irregular forces, special operations and private military companies) used in Iraq.

    Make no mistake though, the battle for Donbas will be reminiscent of Chechnya; total war, no regard for civilian casualties. The stain of genocide will forever be on Putin’s legacy. I pray for endless Russian body bags.

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  2. That will be horrific, but this is inevitable and many people are fooling themselves into believing this war will end quickly. I believe this will be a protracted war and Drovnikov plans to wipe out Ukraine, not only in the East, but all of Ukraine for a complete victory. Right now Ukraine has real problems.


  3. I have no personal knowledge of General Hertling, but inasmuch as he is a former commander of U.S. Army Forces (Europe), I have to assume that he knows something about the Russian commander. If Hertling said what it is reported that he said, then I’m a bit disappointed.

    War is a nasty business and the only thing to recommend it is the right of national defense. I’m quite sure Hertling knows that the Russian commander’s duty is to execute the policies of his country. The Russian general doesn’t have political objectives; he has military objectives designed to achieve the political intentions of his government.

    Toward obtaining his objectives, one of the Russian field commander’s concerns is “force protection.” If Ukrainian commanders intend to use irregular forces as part of their defensive strategy — if those irregular forces are non-uniformed neighborhood militias (otherwise known as civilians), and they come into contact with Russian military forces, people are going to die … and some of those may very well be Ukrainian civilians who were playing soldier.

    And if some of these Ukrainian civilians are captured by Russian uniformed troops — especially after having shot and killed or injured Russian troops, who had good friends in the ranks, then … those Ukrainian civilians playing soldier should anticipate that they’ll be treated outside the articles of war. Armed civilians have no protection under the so-called Geneva Conventions. It is likely they’ll be shot — and maybe even urinated on. If you think that the Russian field commander cares about this, you’re sadly mistaken. He’s got other things to worry about.

    On the other hand, if Ukrainian commanders do not wish to see civilians summarily executed, then they should inform Ukrainian civilians to either join the uniformed military or stay out of it. In any case, Russian troops shooting armed civilians who are shooting at them does not constitute “attacks on civilians.”

    With that said, I agree with FJ … the USA has no business involving itself in the Russo-Ukrainian War. We are not the world’s policemen. My recommendations would be to send in UN Peacekeepers (who are the world’s policemen) from Uganda or the Ivory Coast to help put a lid on all this violence.

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