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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to the village of Boucha (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky replaced the popular commander-in-chief of his armies, Valery Zalouzhny, on Thursday with Oleksandr Syrsky, a lesser-known general, a major change that was the subject of persistent rumors.

Today, the decision was made to change the command of the Ukrainian armed forces, said Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, expressing gratitude to Valery Zaluzhny.

In the process, Volodymyr Zelensky declared that he had chosen the head of the army, Oleksandr Syrsky, the most experienced general in Ukraine, to succeed him.

The president stressed that he had commanded the defense of kyiv at the start of the Russian invasion almost two years ago, then the counter-offensive in the fall of 2022 which liberated the Kharkiv region. (north-east).

Valery Zaloujny, 50, was appointed in July 2021. His successes against the Russian army gave him earned the adulation of his fellow citizens and the respect of his Western partners.

But tension had been rising for several months between the president and him.< /p>

According to highly placed Ukrainian sources, Mr. Zelensky and his entourage have been blaming the army chief and his staff for months for the attack. lack of progress on the front.

Since the end of 2022, the front line has been almost frozen, a situation that the summer counteroffensive of Kiev failed to change.

In the Black Sea, Ukraine can, however, boast of significant successes against the Russian fleet, reputed to be much more powerful.

In recent months, it has managed to keep these ships away from the southwest of these waters and reopen a maritime corridor to export Ukrainian grain, ignoring threats of bombing.

Some media also claim that the presidency takes a dim view of the general's popularity, at a time when that of Volodymyr Zelensky is no longer at its peak.

The president said he wanted Valery Zalouzhny to stay on his team, without explaining what this would consist of. The time for renewal is now, he said.

He also asked the new commander of the armies for a realistic battle plan for 2024.

Oleksandre Syrsky, 58, has neither the popularity nor the notoriety of his legendary predecessor.

He does not have the best reputation among his troops, where some consider him a man with Soviet training, not concerned about human losses.

According to a survey published in December, 48% of respondents said they did not even know Mr. Syrsky.

Valery Zalouzhny split in a press release where he affirms that Ukraine's strategy must change and adapt to fight Russia after two years of invasion.

Our fight continues and evolves every day. The tasks of 2022 are different from those of 2024, he wrote on Telegram, after a serious discussion with Volodymyr Zelensky.

MM. Zelensky and Zaluzhny published the same photo of them shaking hands and smiling on their respective Telegram channels while, according to some media, the presidency feared that the announcement would trigger protests in kyiv.

At the end of January, Ukrainian media claimed that the head of the tat had met Valery Zalouzhny to announce its decision to dismiss him.

After almost two years of fierce fighting, Ukraine faces many dangers on the front.

Its army lacks ammunition, essential to resist Russian assaults.

The Russian army is increasing the pressure on the eastern front, in particular in Avdiïvka, the epicenter of the battle.

Moscow forces are attacking this town with very large forces, its mayor reported Thursday, evoking a very difficult situation. simply unreal in places.

And international aid, essential, seems more shaky than ever.

In the United States as in Europe, political divisions are accumulating on the subject, and the era when Kiev's allies seemed ready to spend lavishly seems to be over.< /p>

American President Joe Biden has been trying for months to have his Congress validate a new aid package, without success so far .

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