Zelenskyy made right decision in replacing Zaluzhnyi - Budanov

Former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny
Former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

There could hardly be personal differences between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and former commander-in-chief Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi when one of them was “a direct subordinate to the other,” top spy chief Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with Canada’s CBC News published on Feb. 28.

He also suggested that Zelenskyy made the right call in replacing Zaluzhnyi.

“If everything is good and everything is wonderful and everything is done correctly, then why are we in the situation we are in?” Budanov said.

Read also: Political shadows over military leadership: Zaluzhnyi out, Syrskyi in the spotlight

Earlier this year, Budanov was considered as a potential replacement for then-Ukrainian commander-in-chief Zaluzhnyi, amidst rumors of Zelenskyy’s dissatisfaction with the progress of the war.

Zelenskyy did indeed replace Zaluzhnyi in early February, but not with Budanov. Speculation arose in the media that Zelenskyy was envious of Zaluzhnyi’s popularity and viewed him as a potential political rival in the future.

Read also: Defense Ministry and Armed Forces commanders hold talks with NATO leaders on military plans for 2024

On Feb. 8, Zelenskyy issued a decree dismissing Zaluzhnyi from his post as chief of the army, which he had held for over 2.5 years, and appointed Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as his replacement.

The president made the announcement following a week of speculation about Zaluzhnyi’s resignation and reports of a rift with the commander-in-chief, which resurfaced in November 2023 after two prominent articles by Time and The Economist and subsequent events.

WP reported that Zaluzhnyi’s potential resignation stemmed from a disagreement over differing views on mobilization in Ukraine.

Both Budanov and Zaluzhnyi were recently bestowed with the title of Hero of Ukraine.

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine