“Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak is leaving his post, this is the president’s decision […]. Volodymyr Zelensky wants to see synergy between the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, unfortunately, we do not see such synergy, on the contrary, we see conflicts.”
“President Volodymyr Zelensky has decided to change the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the commander of the Air Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the commander of the Joint Forces Operation. Accordingly, Serhiy Korniychuk, Yevhen Moysiuk and Volodymyr Kravchenko have been dismissed,” according to a statement published on the Ukrainian presidential website on Wednesday evening.
President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, July 28, decided to replace the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Commander of the Air Assault Troops, and the Joint Forces Operation Commander.
Commenting on the latest purge, the president addressed military commanders and security chiefs of all levels, noting the need to intensify modernization of the Ukrainian Army and ensure proper modern warfare training of 100% of personnel.
“Now the world is seeing forces and means set to wage war undergoing rapid transformation. Our military must be ready to perform tasks as effectively as possible, under any conditions,” Zelensky said.
On July 16, the Verkhovna Rada passed Bill No. 5557 “On the Fundamentals of National Resistance,” tabled by President Zelensky.
At the same time, the deputies voted in Bill No. 5558 aimed to increase by 11,000 the number of troops with the Armed Forces. The overall number of troops will thus amount to 261,000.