Zelensky denied plans to transfer the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to another position

The fact that General Zaluzhny can be transferred to the post of Minister of Defense, and his place will be taken by the commander of the ground forces, wrote the Telegraf edition. The President of Ukraine said that he was not going to transfer the commander-in-chief anywhere

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he is not going to transfer General Valery Zaluzhny, Commander-in-Chief of the country's Armed Forces, to another position. The head of state said this at a press conference following the results of the Crimean Platform summit, UNIAN quotes his words.

“I don’t plan to transfer Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhny anywhere. We work as one team. It is very important that commanders work in different directions. You know all these names. This is Zaluzhny, and [commander of the operational command “South” Andrey] Kovalchuk, [Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr] Syrsky»,— Zelensky said.

Responding to the request of journalists to evaluate the work of Zaluzhny, the Ukrainian president noted: “The assessment is the most important— we're holding on. So the score is high.

Zelensky appointed Zaluzhny as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in July 2021. He replaced Ruslan Khomchak. At the beginning of March, the commander-in-chief received the rank of general. In May, the president established the Combat Merit Cross award, and Zaluzny became the first recipient.

The fact that Zaluzhny could be transferred to the post of Minister of Defense (now occupied by Alexei Reznikov) was reported in mid-August by the Ukrainian edition of Telegraf, citing sources. The place of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the interlocutors of the publication, can be taken by the commander of the ground forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Alexander Sirsky. He has been in this position since August 2019. Previously, Sirsky headed the Joint Operational Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which coordinated the actions of the Ukrainian military in the Donbass, and in 2017 he commanded the anti-terrorist operation (ATO; this is how Kyiv called the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of Donbass).

Telegraf wrote that Zaluzhny himself was “not too happy” a possible transition to the Ministry of Defense, which is now headed by Reznikov. According to the source of the publication, the authorities did not rule out the appointment of the last prime minister of Ukraine instead of Denys Shmygal.

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