<img src="/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/0f8f47d32e5bafc028c690e5481d1918.jpg" class="wpg_image" title="ZALUZHNY (LEFT) AND SYRSKY (SECOND LEFT), PHOTO OK "NORTH"" width="690" height="387" alt="People from Zelensky's entourage want to replace Zaluzhny with Syrsky – mass media" //People from Zelensky's entourage want to replace Zaluzhny with Syrsky – media
Some people from President Volodymyr Zelensky's entourage would like to replace Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny with Commander of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Alexander Syrsky, which causes concern among high-ranking Westerners military officials, writes UP.
Source:The Economist in articles with comments by Zaluzhny and Syrsky
Verbatim: “Some around the president would like to replace him (Zaluzhny – ed.) with General Alexander Syrsky, commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, whom General Zaluzhny was promoted to last year.”
Details: According to the publication, Zaluzhny's popularity caused uncertainty in the President's Office, which actually conducted a poll of Ukrainians to find out if they would vote for the general's political party, although he does not have a party.
“Officials close to Zelensky emphasize that General Zaluzhny did not visit the front line. This, the general's defenders say, because the same officials forbade him to do so,” adds The Economist.
petty rivalry is a red herring. At worst, it could undermine the unity of Ukraine and weaken the West's trust in its leaders.
Direct speech by a foreign military official: “Now is not the time for politicking or undermining trust between political and military commanders.”
More details: The Economist notes that earlier Syrsky was actually a senior in command level in relation to Zaluzhny, who was appointed commander-in-chief of all armed forces in July 2021. And some politicians may be using this fact in an apparent attempt to stir up tensions between them.
Verbatim: “There are even rumors that the Office of the President may be inclined to replace the popular, but regardless tuned by General Zaluzhny to his former boss. The fissures of the split are worrying senior Western military officials. Both generals, for their part, say that they fully trust each other and want to remain out of politics.”
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