President Volodymyr Zelenskyy decided to dismiss Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The President appointed Valeriy Zaluzhny Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
This decision of the President is a continuation of the ongoing personnel changes in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and in the security sector.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy considers the ability of leaders at all levels to fully perform the tasks necessary to protect Ukraine from armed aggression an absolute priority.
"The sphere of defense must function steadily, in a coordinated manner, with a clear perspective and without misunderstandings between the leaders," the President stressed.
The Head of State noted that work should be intensified in both the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces.
"Rotations or replacement of leadership should not be seen as something extraordinary. If there is a need to change the leading view in a specific direction, it should be done," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The President expects that cooperation will be established at all levels in the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense and in the security sector, helping avoid mistakes and increasing the effectiveness of Ukraine's defense.
"The performance of almost all tasks depends on how the relations between the leaders are built - from the preparation of the state defense order to the specific work with our military on the frontline, their provision. I expect from the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces better cooperation and a clearer outline of prospects for each Ukrainian military - both professional and social," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The President also dismissed Mykhailo Koval from the post of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. Ruslan Khomchak was appointed First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.