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Zelenskyy appoints deputies to Syrskyi and Barhylevych

Zelenskyy appoints deputies to Syrskyi and Barhylevych Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi and Chief of the General Staff Anatolii Barhylevych were appointed deputies, states President Zelenskyy.

"We continue to reboot the command and control team in the Defense Forces. Now, people who are well-known in the army and who know what the army needs are taking on new responsibilities. Combat commanders of this war, whose experience will be useful at the army-wide level," the Head of State said.

Thus, according to Zelenskyy, Syrskyi's deputies are:

  • Colonel Vadym Sukharevskyi (responsible for unmanned systems and the development of the use of drones by our soldiers);
  • Colonel Andriy Lebedenko (responsible for innovation, the technological component of the army and combat systems).

According to the President, the new Chief of the General Staff's deputies are:

  • Brigadier General Volodymyr Horbatiuk (operational work, work of headquarters, planning, management)
  • Brigadier General Oleksii Shevchenko (logistics, maximum quality of logistics in our army);
  • Brigadier General Mykhailo Drapatyi (preparation and quality training of the military).

"All the real experience of combat commanders, combat brigades, our units, which have built a high-quality system of training soldiers and assessing and analyzing combat operations - all this experience must be implemented for the success of the Ukrainian Defense Forces," Zelenskyy emphasized.

Reshuffle in the Armed Forces

This week, Zelenskyy replaced the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Chief of the General Staff. Oleksandr Syrskyi was appointed instead of Valerii Zaluzhnyi, and Anatolii Barhylevych was appointed instead of Serhiy Shaptala.

According to RBC-Ukraine's sources, these are not all the appointments that may take place in the Armed Forces.