The Ministry of Defense after the visit of Shoigu revealed the commander of the group “West”

Defense Minister Shoigu ordered the West group to shoot down drones more quickly The West group of Russian troops is commanded by Lieutenant General Andrey Sychevoi. He came under European sanctions four days after the start of the military special operation

Andrey Sychevoi

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected the Zapad group of forces involved in a special operation in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The agency also named the commander of this group for the first time: Lieutenant General Andrey Sychevoi.

The Minister heard his report “on the current situation and the combat missions performed in the area of ​​responsibility”, after which he instructed the commander: to increase the efficiency of destroying enemy drones over the areas bordering on Russia, as well as to strictly suppress the shelling of residential areas of the liberated settlements— “taking into account the arrival of new means of counter-battery warfare.”


Andrei Sychevoi was born in the Krasnodar Territory in 1969. In 1990 he graduated from the Ulyanovsk Guards Higher Tank Command School, in 2002— Combined Arms Academy named after M.V. Frunze, in 2016— Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

After that, he served in tank and motorized rifle units, having passed all positions from platoon commander to commander of the Eighth Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District, where he was appointed in 2019. Awarded with medals of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” I and II degrees and departmental medals.

On February 28, four days after the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, the European Union imposed sanctions against Andrey Sychevy.

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In mid-July, Shoigu inspected the groupings of Russian troops “South” and Center, which perform tasks as part of the military operation in Ukraine in the Luhansk region. He listened to the reports of the commander of the “South” Army General Sergei Surovikin and Commander of the “Center” Colonel General Alexander Lapin and other commanders. The names of the commanding groups “South” and “Center” The Ministry of Defense first disclosed at the end of June.

After that, Shoigu instructed to increase the actions of groups in all directions in order to deprive Ukraine of the opportunity to launch massive rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbass and other regions. On July 18, the department also named the commander of the Vostok grouping, this is Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov.

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Sergey Shoigu

politician, Minister of Defense of Russia

May 21, 1955

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