The Office of the President of Ukraine is not planning to appoint Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, as the new Defense Minister, a source in the administration told NV on Aug. 19.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s administration is “satisfied with Zaluzhnyi’s work in his current capacity,” the source added.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry earlier warned that Russian propaganda is pushing the narrative about an alleged rift between Ukraine’s General Staff, the president’s office, and Defense Ministry. According to Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar, this message is being spread and amplified by some Ukrainian media and pundits.
These rumors are designed to destabilize Ukrainian leadership and disruptthe military decision-making process, hampering Kyiv’s defensive capacity, Maliar added.
“Plainly speaking, it would be easier to break and conquer us, if we be-come divided; that’s exactly what the enemy is after,” said Malyar.
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council warned that the Kremlin is waging information warfare against Ukraine, looking to discredit the country’s government.
A network of adversarial Telegram channels is the main outlet for these Russian narratives, as outlined by Ukraine’s SBU security service.