Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his top general Valery Zaluzhny on Thursday in what many are calling the biggest leadership shake-up since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion.

Zaluzhny has been replaced with Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of Ukrainian land forces. Zelensky made the announcement via Telegram.

Ukraine is reportedly experiencing great difficulties in maintaining its ammunition reserves, and lawmakers in the US have been fighting bitterly over whether to provide the nation with more aid. Furthermore, it has long been apparent that Zaluzhny and Zelensky were rivals on war strategy, and insiders believe Zelensky was suspicious of Zaluzhny’s political ambitions.

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Rumors about Zaluzhny’s firing had been circulating a week in advance, with the Associated Press reporting that ranking members of the Ukrainian military were up in arms at the prospect. Zelensky’s office as well as the Defense Ministry denied the rumors were true at first. They also reported the potential sacking would be a benefit for Russia.

Then, Zelensky confirmed to Italian outlet RAI TV that Ukraine was looking for “a reset” and said “a new beginning is necessary” after a year of little progress. “I have something serious in mind, which does not concern a single person but the direction of the country’s leadership,” Zelensky reportedly said, adding that it will involve a “replacement of a series of state leaders, not just in a single sector like the military.”

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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