Zelensky bets on replacing the head of the Ukrainian Army

Vladimir Zelensky
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky © Genya Savilov, Pool Photo via AP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has advocated introducing significant changes in the country’s military and political leadership, including replacing the head of the Armed Forces, Valeri Zaluzhni, to achieve a “new beginning” in the framework of the war against Russia.

“Of course. A restart, a new beginning, is necessary. I have something serious in mind, which does not concern a single person but the leadership of the country,” he said before admitting that “it is true” that he has thought about replacing Zaluzhni given that there is a need to “change the entire administrative apparatus” to “achieve victory.”

“We have to have a positive and correct energy. That’s why I’m talking about a restart,” the president said in an interview with the Italian television network Rai TV. In this sense, he has pointed out that there is a “stagnation” on the front and has pointed out that this is due to the “delay in the shipment of weapons” by Western countries. “These types of problems lead to mistakes on the battlefield,” he said.

Sources from the American television network CNN suggest that Zelensky would have made the decision to dismiss Zaluzhni with the idea of ​​generating a “positive impact on Ukraine’s allies” in the face of the decline in financial support from the international community.

However, his resignation has not yet taken place due to indications that there are difficulties in finding a suitable replacement to occupy his position, as these same sources have indicated. Zaluzhni has held the position since 2021, although since autumn 2023 there have been reports of the existence of alleged differences between him and Zelensky.

The head of the Army has insisted from the beginning on the importance of achieving general mobilization and reinforcing the border areas with Russia, while the Ukrainian president has been cautious due to the fear that these types of measures will generate panic among the population. Ukrainian.


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