Zelensky removes Khomchak as head of Ukraine’s military

28 July 2021

The Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak is being relieved of his position, according to an announcement by the presidential spokesman on July 27. Khomchak will join the National Security and Defense Council. He will be replaced by Major General Valeriy Zaluzhniy, who currently heads the military in Ukraine’s northern military district.


James Hydzik: Khomchak’s tenure saw increasing ties with western militaries, but infighting marred his relations with Ukraine’s civilian leadership. Zaluzhniy is a veteran of the fighting in Donbas, but has not been a lightning rod for criticism about the course of action in Illovaisk in 2014 the way Khomchak was. There is no indication that Zaluzhniy will change the course of military integration with NATO powers, nor that he will bring a drastic change to the military itself. The important question will be his ability to work with the Defense Ministry and other government organs.

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