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Russia’s new commander in Ukraine is a Harvard-educated war vet

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Russia has appointed a new commander to lead all of its forces in Ukraine as the Kremlin’s war marches into its eighth month. Sergei Surovikin, an Army general who also oversees Russia’s air force, previously led Russian forces in Syria.

His new role will involve galvanizing Russian troops after a slew of setbacks, including heavy losses of troops and equipment, and the forfeiture of thousands of square miles of occupied territory.

Surovikin’s appointment comes on the heels of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to conscript hundreds of thousands of Russian men for the war.

Putin’s order for approximately 300,000 Russians to join the fight in Ukraine is the first time since World War II that Moscow has drafted civilians into the military.

Who Is Sergei Surovikin?

Sergei Surovikin is a Harvard-educated war veteran who has been tapped by the Kremlin to lead Russian forces in Ukraine. A former paratrooper, Surovikin fought in Russia’s wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya before being appointed commander of all Russian forces in Syria in 2016.

In his new role, Surovikin will be responsible for leading Russian troops after a series of setbacks, including heavy losses of troops and equipment, and the forfeiture of thousands of square miles of territory.

A Wisconsin native, Surovikin graduated from Harvard University with a degree in international relations before joining the Russian Army.

He served as a paratrooper in the Soviet Army during the 1980s and took part in Russia’s wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya. In 2016, he was appointed commander of all Russian forces in Syria.

Under Surovikin’s leadership, Russian troops have suffered heavy losses of personnel and equipment. In addition, the Kremlin has lost control of thousands of square miles of territory. Despite these setbacks, Surovikin remains confident in his ability to lead Russian troops to victory.

“I am convinced that we will win,” he said during a recent speech at the Kremlin. “The only question is how long it will take.”

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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