A top Russian general who went missing after the mercenary group Wagner’s insurrection in June has been fired from his role as head of the country’s aerospace forces, Russian state media reported Wednesday citing unnamed sources.
Gen. Sergey Surovikin had spent four decades as part of the Russian military, including a brief stint running Russia’s war effort in Ukraine.
He was put in charge of the conflict in October 2022, shortly after a major explosion severely damaged the Kerch bridge connecting the annexed Crimean Peninsula to mainland Russia. Surovikin was later removed from that post.
He has not been seen in public since June, when he released a video pleading for Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin to stop his insurrection.
Documents shared with CNN in June suggested that Surovikin was a secret VIP member of Wagner.
This is a developing story. More details to come