Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday announced he was dismissing his top general, Valeri Zaluzhni, after weeks of speculation that a conflict between the president and the military was coming to a head.
Zelensky announced in a statement that he discussed with Zaluzhni, the commander-in-chief of Ukrainian forces, that the Ukrainian army required a “renewal”.
“The time for such a renewal is now,” Zelensky said in a statement, but proposed that Zaluzhni “remain part of the team.”
The general’s dismissal comes as Ukraine approaches the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
The anniversary comes at a perilous moment, with Ukrainian troops apparently stalled on frontline positions, short of ammunition, artillery and soldiers.
U.S. support for Ukraine is also in question, as former President Trump, the likely GOP presidential nominee this fall, and his supporters in Congress oppose funding for the war-torn country.
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