The former deputy commander of Russian military operations in Ukraine, General, Sergey Surovikin, has been placed under house arrest after he was sacked from his role as deputy commander of military operations in Ukraine.
According to local Russian media sources, what was known as “General Armageddon,” Sergey Surovikin is currently under a kind of house arrest, where he cannot leave the apartment where he is being held, but is allowed to receive visitors, including several of his subordinates.
Surovikin, 56, was relieved of his position as commander of the Russian Air Force, but he remained in the Ministry of Defense.
One of the sources said that Surovikin, is no longer the deputy commander of military operations in Ukraine.
According to US officials, there are indications that there are Russian generals who supported Wagner’s armed rebellion, which aims to change the military leadership in the country.
Surovikin was last seen in a video on June 24 when he urged the leader of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, to end his rebellion against the Russian army’s commanders.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin didn’t release any details about Surovikin’s whereabouts, or about reports that he had advance knowledge of Wagner rebellion, despite reports circulated by Russian journalists about his disappearance.
The New York Times had previously reported that Surovikin knew about Wagner’s rebellion before it happened.
Surovikin was appointed commander of Russian forces in Ukraine on October 8, last year but his command didn’t exceed 4 months before he was replaced.
CNN revealed that the prominent Russian general, Sergei Surovkin, was a secret high-ranking member of the Wagner military group that led a failed rebellion led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, last June.
However, Surovikin retained his influence in the Ukraine war after remaining deputy commander of Russian military operations, and was still popular among the troops, according to The New York Times.
It’s noteworthy that Colonel-General Viktor Afzalov, head of the main staff of the Russian Air Force, has appointed as temporarily acting commander of the Russian Air Forces.