Some in Zelenskyy's administration would like to replace Zaluzhnyi, media report suggests

16 December 2022, 12:22 AM
Valerii Zaluzhnyi (Photo:Valerii Zaluzhnyi / Facebook)

Valerii Zaluzhnyi (Photo:Valerii Zaluzhnyi / Facebook)

Some members of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s administration are thinking about replacing the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi with the Commander of the Ground Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, The Economist said in an article on Dec. 15.

“Rumors persist that the presidential administration might be inclined to replace the popular but independent-minded General Zaluzhnyi with his former boss (Syrskyi),” the report said.

In another article about Zaluzhnyi, The Economist said "Some in the president’s circle would like to replace him (Zaluzhnyi) with General Oleksandr Syrskyi." Zaluzhnyi’s supporters claim that the commander-in-chief "has not visited the front lines because the same officials have barred him from doing so."

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The magazine writes that Zaluzhnyi's popularity allegedly “has generated some insecurity in the president’s office, which has actually polled Ukrainians to ask if they would vote for the general’s political party – even though he does not have one."

Both general say that they completely trust each other and don’t want to interfere in politics.

“The army is out of politics,” Syrsky said. “This is how it should be, and this is required by the law.”

Earlier in 2022, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that Russian propagandists were spreading fake narratives about an alleged rift between Ukraine’s General Staff and the President’s Office. Back in August, NV's source in the Zelenskyy’s office said that the administration was satisfied with Zaluzhnyi's work and wasn’t going to transfer him to another position.

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