Profil Oleksandr Syrskyi, Kommandan AD Ukraina yang Pādhalāna Bakhmut
Profil Oleksandr Syrskyi, Kommandan AD Ukraina yang Pādhalāna Bakhmut. PHOTO/Italianpost
JAKARTA – Oleksandr Syrskyi is a Ukrainian soldier who is currently serving as Commander of the Ukrainian Army since August 2019. He attended his first military education in Moscow. In 1982, Syrskyi graduated from the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School.
He has also served as Commander of the Joint Operations Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since May 2019. Prior to the war in Donbass in the 2000s, Syrskyi commanded a mechanized brigade and rose to the rank of major general. He was also appointed chief of staff for counter-terrorist operations in 2014 and led the counter-terrorist operations force during the 2015 Battle of Debaltseve.
Immediately, he was promoted to lieutenant general and awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnitsky for his participation in the battle. In this position, he assumes overall command of the Ukrainian infantry forces fighting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
Born in the Soviet Union, July 26, 1965, he visited besieged Bakhmut and discussed strategy with units to defend the town and surrounding villages in eastern Ukraine on February 25, 2023. The Russians had encircled Bakhmut, where only about 5,000 of its 70,000 inhabitants remained .
But the Russian attempt to take the city of Bakhmut failed. Russian President Vladimir Putin missed the chance to declare victory on Friday the first anniversary of his invasion on February 24.
Oleksandr Syrskyi is one of the most experienced in Ukraine. The 57-year-old commander has been considered the architect behind the defeat of the Russian forces when they advanced on Kyiv at the start of the war and in the Kharkiv region in September 2022. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has officially disclosed the merits of Syrskyi along with a number of other commanders of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Syrskyi was awarded the Hero of Ukraine award for his efforts in April 2022. He has also been described as the most successful general of the 21st century so far.
Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi visited Bakhmut again on 5 March 2023. This is already his third visit to the city, the previous visits being on March 3 and February 25. On Monday (6/3/2023), President Zelensky held his regular meeting with Ukrainian military commanders, including Supreme Commander Valeriy Zaluzhnyi and Army Commander Oleksandr Syrskyi.
The presidential office reported that they decided to continue defensive operations in Bakhmut and would not withdraw from the city.