Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced the replacement of the country’s top military official, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi. This change comes as Ukraine faces challenges such as ammunition and personnel shortages, and struggles to maintain support from Western allies. Zelenskyy appointed Сol. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi as the new commander, aiming to boost morale and adapt to the evolving dynamics of the conflict.
The shake-up, described as a time for “renewal” by Zelenskyy, aims to address tactical stagnations and foster new, high-tech solutions to regain the initiative on the battlefield. This leadership transition occurs amid ongoing intense battles, particularly in eastern Ukraine, where the city of Avdiivka has emerged as a focal point of conflict. The departure of Zaluzhnyi, a respected figure among troops and international counterparts, marks the most significant military leadership change since the full-scale Russian invasion began in February 2022.