Zelenskyy appoints new army chief in Ukraine following the dismissal of Zaluzhnyi amid Russia-Ukraine war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude to General Valerii Zaluzhnyi for his dedicated service and stated that Zaluzhnyi should continue to be a part of his team, following the appointment of Oleksandr Syrsky as the new head of Ukraine’s armed forces.

In a tweet on Thursday, Zelenskyy thanked Zaluzhnyi for his two years of service and discussed the need for changes in the military leadership. Zaluzhnyi also acknowledged the necessity for a change in the country’s military strategy, stating that the tasks ahead are different from those in the past.

The appointment of Syrsky marks a significant shakeup in the top military leadership since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Ukraine’s Defence Minister Rustem Umerov emphasized the need for new approaches and strategies in the face of changing demands of war.

Zelenskyy called on the new military leadership to develop a detailed action plan for the armed forces for the year 2024, addressing both the current situation on the battlefield and future prospects. He also highlighted the need for improved rotation systems and recruitment approaches.

The new armed forces leadership team was set to take over on Thursday, and Zelenskyy urged them to devise a strategy to push back Russian forces.

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