The Russia-Ukraine conflict has entered its 622nd day, but shows no signs of cooling down.
There was conflict between the two sides over many large areas, but DNeither side appears to have achieved a decisive victory.
In that context, Zaluzny, chief of the Ukrainian Army General Staff, responded to British media last week that the conflict “is in a state of stalemate” and that “it will benefit Russia” because they have time to regroup their forces. .
Disagreeing with General Zaluzny’s November 4 statement, the Office of the President of Ukraine has publicly criticized it.
“General Zaluzny’s statement caused panic throughout the country as well as among Ukraine’s Western allies” – Mr. Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said on Ukrainian national television.
President Zelensky himself also spoke out against it: “As time goes on, everyone gets tired, no matter what their position, and this is understandable. But this is not a stalemate, I emphasize. “
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) talks with General Viktor Horenko (right) during a visit to the Donbass front line in July. Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine
Sheet new York Times commented that the above public criticism “indicates an emerging rift between the military and civilian leadership at an already challenging time for Ukraine”.
The US newspaper also revealed that rumors of tensions between President Zelensky and General Zaluzny have been circulating in Ukraine for more than a year, but this is the first time it has been made public.
President Zelensky has suddenly dismissed Ukrainian special forces commander Viktor Khorenko. This was one of General Zaluzny’s top representatives, but he did not know it beforehand.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustam Umerov later said that it was he who proposed General Khorenko’s dismissal, but did not give a reason because he was concerned that it “could lead to weakening Ukraine to a rival”.
The decision to fire the Ukrainian Special Forces commander was surprising to some as General Khorenko had achieved numerous successes with attacks behind Russian borders, including raids on Russian naval vessels and infrastructure. Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, as well as targets inside Russia.