Ukraine’s Zelenskyy fires senior military commander, no reason given – National
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday fired the senior military commander who was leading the fight against Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, without giving a reason.
In a single order, Zelensky announced the dismissal of Eduard Moskaryov as commander of the Ukrainian joint forces fighting in the Donbass region.
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Zelensky referred to Moskaryov in his daily speech on Friday, listing military commanders he spoke to. Moskaryov has been in this post since March 2022, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Neither the Joint Force’s Facebook nor Twitter accounts mentioned the dismissal.
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Russian forces are making concerted efforts to capture the two eastern regions that make up Donbass, and Zelensky has variously described the military situation in the east in recent weeks as difficult and painful.
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Pro-Moscow forces are focused on the city of Bakhmut and have repeated attacks despite what Ukrainian and Western officials say have caused heavy casualties.
In a Facebook post, the Ukrainian Army General Staff said Russian forces carried out several unsuccessful attacks in the Bakhmut area on Sunday.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren, Editing by Jonathan Oatis)