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Explained: Why Ukraine Just Dismissed Two Top Generals

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Javelin anti-tank missile being fired along with a mortar. Image credit: UK government.

Zelenskyy Dismisses Two Ukrainian Officers, Describes Them As “Traitors” – On Thursday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issued a statement announcing that he had dismissed two top Ukrainian generals, slamming them as “antiheroes.”

During his nightly address, the president said that Naumov Andriy Olehovych, the former head of the Main Department of Internal Security of the Security Service of Ukraine, and Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych, the former head of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kherson region, had both been removed from their positions.

In the statement, Zelenskyy said that “another decision was made regarding antiheroes.”

“Now I do not have time to deal with all the traitors. But gradually they will all be punished,” he added.

“According to Article 48 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, those servicemen among senior officers who have not decided where their homeland is, who violate the military oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people as regards the protection of our state, its freedom and independence, will inevitably be deprived of senior military ranks,” Zelenskyy continued. “Random generals don’t belong here!”

Zelenskyy did not provide details about what the two officials did, but the public firings are the first time that the Ukrainian president has fired officials helping organize his country’s military operations during the Russian invasion.

Zelenskyy Needs All the Help He Can Get

Not only does the Ukrainian president need the support of his own government and military officials, but also from the international community as the situation in Donbas becomes increasingly “difficult.”

In the same video address, Zelenskyy described how as Russian forces move east to the Donbas region, the situation is becoming harder for local people and Ukrainian troops.

Zelenskyy said that Russian forces are now building up their troops close to the city of Mariupol, which has been almost entirely destroyed by the Russian army. The city lies between the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula and Donbas, and the Russian bombardment of the Mariupol region has effectively created a land bridge between the two regions.

Zelenskyy warned that even as Russian troops withdraw from Kyiv and Western Ukraine, the fight is not over.

“There will be battles ahead,” he said in the address. “We still need to go down a very difficult path to get everything we want.”

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Alex

    April 1, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    The drug addict and clown Zelensky is hysterical. they understand that even if he goes far to the west, then his life can suddenly end from coffee poisoning or from falling down the stairs. The life of the Bandera Nazis is short and inglorious.

  2. Illurion

    April 2, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Dear Alex:

    You are an idiot.

    But you make an interesting point.

    You talk about Zelenskyy fleeing away from Ukraine, and you brag that there is no where he can hide.

    Yet Zelenskyy is “STILL THERE” after 38 days, and MORE AND MORE of Ukraine is being FREED from Russian control on a daily basis.

    Zelenskyy has continually shown he HAS NO INTENTION OF LEAVING.

    Why would Zelenskyy flee WHEN UKRAINE IS SLOWLY WINNING THE WAR ?

    It is the Russians that are withdrawing.

    Not the Ukrainians.

    Therefore, i refer your statement back to YOU, ALEX.

    When the war is over, PEOPLE LIKE “YOU”, ALEX, WILL HAVE NOWHERE TO HIDE.

    The Ukrainians will track you down.

    And no-one on this board believes you are in Warsaw.

  3. Alex

    April 3, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    “Whoever calls names, that’s what they call themselves” 🙂
    If there are threats, then your ass is on incredible fire because of the truth. I’m sure she will burn even in hell next to the Nazi Bandera and bandera Nazis like you. You’ll see.

  4. Illurion

    April 4, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Dear Alex:

    You are such a hypocrite.

    You wrote above: “WHOEVER CALLS NAMES, THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL THEMSELVES.”

    ???????????

    Yet, YOU, alex, in every single post you write, continuously CALL OTHER PEOPLE NAMES, BY REFERRING TO EVERYONE ELSE THAT POSTS ON THIS WEBSITE AS “NAZI’S, AND BANDERA NAZI’S.”

    ???????????

    So, alex, going by YOUR OWN WORDS, “YOU”, alex, MUST BE A BANDERA NAZI.

    And as for THREATS, all i did above was RESPOND TO “YOUR THREATS” by stating that the same thing could happen to YOU.

    So, little alex, as the saying goes, “IF YOU CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT, STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN.”

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