Ukrainian Telegraf announced a possible change of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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Valery Zaluzhny

Ukrainian authorities are considering the possibility of dismissing Major General Valery Zaluzhny from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the country's armed forces and appointing him Minister of Defense, the Ukrainian edition of Telegraf reports, citing sources.

According to him, instead of the Zaluzhny Armed Forces, Alexander Sirsky, the commander of the ground forces of the armed forces, may head. Sirsky has been in this position since August 2019. Previously, he headed the Joint Operational Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which coordinated the operational actions of the Ukrainian military in the Donbass, in 2017 he was the commander of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO; this is how Kyiv called the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of Donbass).

According to Telegraf, Zaluzhny is “not too happy” the prospect of moving to the Ministry of Defense, in addition, it is not clear what will happen to Alexei Reznikov, head of the ministry, in this case. According to the source of the publication, the authorities considered the option of appointing the latter to the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine (since 2020, the government has been headed by Denys Shmyhal).

The possibility of Zaluzhny's transfer to the Ministry of Defense was previously allowed by MP, Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security Roman Kostenko. August 15 in an interview with Radio Novoye Vremya he said that preparations could be underway to change the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, stressing that the information was not confirmed. According to Kostenko, Zaluzhny had “some misunderstandings”; with the president's office.

Zaluzhny became head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in June 2021, before that he had been commander of the Sever operational command for two years. He graduated from the National Defense Academy of Ukraine, and in August 2017 he was promoted to major general, ranking among the best officers in the country's armed forces.

In July, President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Ukrainian Security Service chief Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova, citing “very serious issues” as the reason for the decision. to them because of the connection of employees of departments with Russia. Vasily Malyuk, Bakanov's first deputy, was appointed acting head of the SBU. The duties of the Prosecutor General were assigned to Deputy Venediktova Alexei Simonenko; Venediktova was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland.

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Zelensky also announced a personnel audit in the SBU and fired several heads of the department's regional departments. Prior to this, Zelensky said that an inspection of the activities of the security forces was taking place in the country, “because on the 24th [of February, the first day of the Russian military operation], some representatives of various law enforcement agencies disappeared somewhere, instead of protecting their people.”

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