Alexander Syrsky, the “hero of Kiev” and general precursor of the Ukrainian resistance, turned the capital into a fortress against Russian troops
The commander of the Land Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel General Alexander Syrsky, received the title of “Hero of Ukraine” and the rank of the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky II. He has been responsible for the defense of Kiev and the region since the beginning of the Russian invasion, approved by Vladimir Putin.
The Ukrainian armed forces managed to liberate the settlements of the city and region from the Russian Army, which withdrew from the main Ukrainian cities and focused on the east and south of the country.
Russian attempts to seize the capital failed after Ukrainian resistance, with Syrsky in command. Thus, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky decided to decorate him.
“For personal courage, a significant contribution to the defense of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, I decree: to award the title of Hero of Ukraine with the award of the Order of the Golden Star to Oleksandr Stanislavovich SYRSKY – Colonel General,” reads the document, signed by the president.
According to various media, Alexander Syrsky commanded the 72nd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bila Tserkva, a provincial town about 80 kilometers from the capital. There he rose to the rank of major general. In addition, he participated in cooperation processes between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and NATO.
In early 2015, the commander served as the first deputy chief of the anti-terrorist operation, and the following year, he headed the Joint Operational Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which coordinates the operational actions of various Ukrainian security forces in the Donbas.
In 2016, he became a lieutenant general. Also, in 2017, he was the commander of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
With the beginning of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, he was appointed commander of the troops defending Kiev.
New attacks in Kiev
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Thursday denounced new Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital, coinciding with the visit of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who has been visiting the region before meeting with the president, Volodimir Zelenski.
“Friends! At night, the enemy has fired on Kiev. Two hits in the Shevchenkivski district. All services are at their posts. Information about the victims is being clarified,” Klitschko wrote on his Telegram account.
At the moment it is not known whether there have been any casualties as a result of this new Russian offensive on a residential area, the spokeswoman for the State Emergency Service in Kiev, Svitlana Vodolaga, said.