Zelensky risks becoming ‘embattled leader’, dismisses both the C in C and...

Zelensky risks becoming ‘embattled leader’, dismisses both the C in C and the CGS

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Zelensky risks becoming ‘embattled leader’, dismisses both the C in C and the CGS

The news agency noted that Zaluzhny was sacked at the most inopportune moment when aid from the US is delayed while the Ukrainian army lacks artillery shells

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky “risks slipping into the role of embattled leader” following his “ugly fight” with former Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny, Bloomberg reported.

The news agency noted that Zaluzhny was sacked at the most inopportune moment when aid from the US is delayed while the Ukrainian army lacks artillery shells.

Earlier, Bloomberg, citing a letter from Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerov to Kiev’s European allies, reported that Ukrainian troops were unable to fire more than 2,000 shells a day across the 1,500-kilometer-long line of engagement which is less than a third of the ammunition Russia uses.

On January 29, rumors about Zaluzhny’s resignation emerged, and since then the topic has not subsided in the Ukrainian and Western media spaces. The dismissal of Zaluzhny and the appointment of Alexander Syrsky was announced by Zelensky on the evening of February 8, but the relevant decrees were not published for a long time. Zelensky thanked Zaluzhny for his work as commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces and offered him the opportunity to remain “on the team.” It has not been reported whether the sacked general accepted Zelensky’s offer. At the same time, the Ukrainian leader pointed to the lack of progress of the Ukrainian military at the front.

Zelensky has also dismissed Sergey Shaptala as Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army and appointed Anatoly Bargilevich, territorial defence commander, to replace him.

“I changed the chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. I thank Lieutenant General Sergey Shaptala for his service during the two years of war. Major General Anatoly Bargilevich was appointed new Chief of the General Staff as advised by Commander-in-Chief Alexander Syrsky,” Zelensky said in a video address posted on his Telegram channel.

Ukraine’s mass media said earlier that Valery Zaluzhny’s dismissal as Commander-in-Chief would be followed by the dismissal of his team.