Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the appointment of Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrsky as the new Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, replacing Valery Zaluzhny. Zelensky made the announcement via a Telegram post on Thursday, reported by Xinhua news agency.
In his statement, Zelensky highlighted Syrsky's extensive experience, referring to him as "the most experienced Ukrainian commander." He praised Syrsky's successful defensive operations in Kiev and his effective offensive strategies during the operation to reclaim the eastern Kharkiv region from Russian forces.
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrsky, aged 58, previously served as the Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces from 2019 to 2024. His appointment marks a significant shift in leadership within the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reflecting Zelensky's commitment to ensuring effective command and strategic management.
(With Agency Inputs)