With Russian hopes for storming Kyiv and other major cities in northern Ukraine dashed by stiff resistance, Moscow has refocused its efforts on the country’s east. British military intelligence said on Wednesday that Russia’s appointment of Army General Alexander Dvornikov as commander of the Ukraine war could mean the country is trying to centralize command and control. The 60-year-old Dvornikov is one of Russia’s most experienced officers, and has led the country’s campaign in Syria. In 2016, Putin awarded him the Hero of Russia medal, and named him the chief of the Southern Military District, commanding units in southwestern Russia near the Ukrainian border.
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