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Zelensky sacks Ukraine’s Chief Military Officer, Valerii Zaluzhnyi

The president of Ukraine removed Valerii Zaluzhnyi from his position as head of state security. The high command needed to be "renewed," according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Gen. Zaluzhnyi could "remain on the team."

"Starting today, a new management team will take over the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," he stated on Thursday.

A sort of national hero, Gen. Zaluzhnyi is well-liked and trusted by both the Ukrainian people and the army. Compared to Mr. Zelensky, he has received more approval ratings recently.

The president praised Gen. Zaluzhnyi for protecting Ukraine from Russia and stated that he and the general had a "frank conversation" about the changes that needed to be made in the army.

According to Mr. Zelensky, Gen. Syrskyi, the next army head, has experience in both offensive and defensive tactics. In 2022, he oversaw the defense of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, with the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion.

Later that summer, he organized and led Ukraine's unexpected and victorious counteroffensive in Kharkiv. Since then, he has been leading military operations in eastern Ukraine, one of the two main fronts of the country's counteroffensive.

"This year has to be a pivotal one, essential to Ukraine's wartime objectives." Mr. Zelensky declared. Russia can't just acknowledge the presence of an independent Ukraine - the very fact of our country's independent life."

He declared that the management of Ukraine's armed forces and the expertise of combat commanders were the main concerns of his "renewal" of the army's leadership, "not about surnames" or politics.

"The army needs to use far more sophisticated technology in its operations. "We need to reset the generalship," he continued.

Mr. Zelensky stated that, given the realities of the battle with Russia, he anticipated a comprehensive plan for the armed forces this year. He asserted that frontline management, mobilization, and recruitment required a new strategy.

The president's office advisor, Mykhailo Podolyak, stated that the action was necessary to modify the strategies employed during Ukraine's counteroffensive in the previous year.

He reiterated what Mr. Zelensky had said about the necessity of finding high-tech solutions and avoiding stagnation on the front lines.

However, the statement has elicited a mixed response thus far, with opposition MPs being the first to criticize the restructuring.

Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, expressed gratitude to Gen. Zaluzhnyi for his service to the country and expressed confidence that the authorities will defend the modifications.

Former President Petro Poroshenko's opposition party MP Oleksii Honcharenko called the action "a huge mistake" made by the president. He warned that the nation would be at risk and said, "We will all have to pay for this mistake."

Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, a member of the Batkivschina party and another opposition MP, stated that the military leadership during the war "is something that we must preserve, support, not criticise, but help in every possible way."

In a statement, Rustem Umerov, Ukraine's minister of defense, expressed gratitude to General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, saying, "He had one of the hardest jobs, which was to lead the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the Great War with Russia. "However, warfare has changed over time. Wars bring about changes and require changes. The three realities of the battles of 2022, 2023, and 2024 are distinct.


New changes are coming in 2024, and we need to be prepared for them. We need fresh methods and new tactics. "The necessity of replacing the Armed Forces of Ukraine's current leadership was decided upon today. I am sincerely grateful to Valerii Fedorovych for all his achievements and victories," Ukraine's defense minister stated.

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