Zelensky relieves the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Army and appoints the “most experienced general” as his successor outside

to updateValery Zalozhny is no longer commander of the Ukrainian army. The Ministry of Defense in Kiev announced this after rumors circulated for some time about the possible dismissal of the general. President Volodymyr Zelensky appointed General Oleksandr Sirsky as his successor. Sersky was already commander of the ground forces

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A tense relationship

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reported on X, previously Twitter, that he had met with the general. “We discussed the renewal that the Ukrainian Armed Forces need,” the president wrote. “The time has come for such innovation.”

The position of “Iron General” Zalozny has been the subject of speculation for several weeks. The relationship between the army commander and the president became tense due to the failed counterattack launched by Ukraine against the Russian army. Rumors also emerged at the end of last year that the general had ambitions to run for president (+). Zaluzhny has always categorically denied this. According to various media outlets, Zelensky already tried to dismiss the general last Monday, but no one seemed willing to succeed Zalozny.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and former Commander-in-Chief Valery Zalozny. © rack

Succession

Zelensky has now appointed General Oleksandr Sirsky as Zalozny’s successor. He was commander of the ground forces. In a statement, the head of state described the new army commander as “the most experienced general in Ukraine.” He points out that almost two years ago, at the beginning of the Russian invasion, Sersky took command of the defense of the capital, Kiev. He also led the counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region in the fall of 2022.

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Archive photo.  The new Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Army Oleksandr Sersky.  (10/09/22)
Archive photo. The new Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Army Oleksandr Sersky. (10/09/22) © Agence France-Presse

Zelensky immediately ordered Sersky to draw up a “realistic” battle plan against Russia for the rest of the year that “takes into account the real situation on the battlefield and future prospects.”

If it were up to the president, Zalozny would be involved in directing the Ukrainian armed forces. “I thanked him for the two years he defended Ukraine,” Zelensky said. “I suggested to General Zalozny that he remain part of the team.”

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