Call sign "Badger": what is known about the "right hand" Syrian Colonel Sukharevsky
On Saturday, February 10, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed Colonel Vadym Sukharevsky, alias "Badger," as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyy. He has been involved in the Russian-Ukrainian war since 2014.
Sukharevsky, in particular, will be responsible for the development of UAVs and other unmanned systems. This was reported by OBOZ.UA.
Vadym Sukharevsky was born on October 6, 1984 in Berehove, Zakarpattia region.
He studied at the Mukachevo Lyceum with enhanced military and physical training. Then he graduated from the Lviv Institute of Land Forces of the Lviv Polytechnic National University with a degree in Combat Use and Management of Airborne Units.
From February to October 2004, Sukharevsky participated in a peacekeeping mission in Iraq as part of the 6th Separate Mechanized Brigade. In particular, he took part in the Battle of Al-Qut.
Sukharevsky is considered to be the Ukrainian soldier who fired the first shot in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
It happened on April 13, 2014, when Sukharevsky, who was still a senior lieutenant at the time, gave the order to open fire on Russian militants. Since 2014, the fight has not stopped for him for a moment.
Since 2016, he was the commander of the 1st Linear Battalion of the 36th Marine Brigade, which performed tasks near Mariupol. In 2020, he was promoted to the rank of colonel, and a year later he was appointed Chief of Staff of the 35th Marine Brigade.
In February 2022, he was appointed commander of the 59th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade, and on July 18, he was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.
Since February 9, 2024, Sukharevsky has been the head of the newly created Unmanned Systems Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
"We will not stop until we restore our borders, liberate our lands and return people from oppressive captivity," the legendary Badger commander said.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- Valeriy Zaluzhny was dismissed from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on February 8. He was replaced by Oleksandr Syrsky, who commanded the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- On February 9, Oleksandr Syrsky made his first statement as Commander-in-Chief. In particular, he assured that the life and health of Ukrainian soldiers was and is the main value, and outlined the main tasks facing the Ukrainian army today.
- On the evening of February 9, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he had replaced the leadership of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Major General Anatoliy Bargylevych, who headed the Territorial Defense Forces, was appointed to the post of Chief of the General Staff.
- At the same time, Zelensky said that the new Chief of Staff, Syrsky, had already decided on the candidates for his deputies. On February 10, they and the deputy chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces were officially appointed.