Donetsk, Jan 11 — DAN. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reshuffled the Special Military Operation command, the Russian Defense Ministry press service reported on Wednesday.

“Chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov has been appointed commander of the Joint Group of Forces. His deputies are Russian Aerospace Forces Commander-in-Chief, General Sergey Surovikin (Joint Group of Forces Commander since October 2022 — eds Donetsk news Agency), Land Troops Commander-in-Chief General Oleg Salyukov, and Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel-General Alexey Kim, ” the report said.

A higher level of SVO command will address an increasing range of SVO objectives, tighter interoperability and more effective troops control, the Ministry said.

Russia began the special military operation on February 24, 2022. Its objective is to liberate territories occupied by the Kiev regime.*jk