Gen. Surovikin, Russia’s former commander in Ukraine, is detained

General Sergei Surovikin, a senior commander in Russia’s war against Ukraine, has been taken into custody, following speculations about internal discord within Russia’s leadership.

The backstory: Gen. Surovikin’s detention comes in the wake of an uprising by mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.
* It was found that Surovikin knew in advance about the rebellion against Russia’s top defense leaders.

His alleged role: Surovikin’s name was mentioned as a mediator between Prigozhin and the defense ministry.
* He had made an appeal through a video urging Wagner’s mercenaries and leaders to abandon their uprising.

Career highlights: Surovikin is the commander of Russia’s Aerospace Forces.
* He spearheaded the Russian war campaign in Ukraine from October 2022 to January 2023.
* He previously commanded Russian forces in Syria, sharing the theater of operations with Prigozhin.

Still unknown: As of now, few details about Surovikin’s custody, including his precise location, are known.

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