The new Ukrainian military chief He said Friday that his immediate goals are improve troop rotation away from the front and take advantage of the power of new technology in the war against Russia.
Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyiformer commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, spoke a day after being appointed by the president Volodymyr Zelensky.
“There are new tasks on the agenda,” Syrskyi said on his social media channel. Telegram.
Although he provided few details, his comments appeared to align with Zelensky’s goal of “renew” the armed forces and adopt a new strategy.
But changes at the top won’t solve some of Ukraine’s biggest problems: staff shortages that have undermined morale and could require a mass mobilizationas well as the inadequate supply of Western weapons to confront the power of Russia.
The reorganization of military commands caused some apprehension among some people in kyiv.
Alisa Riazantseva, 35, said she was “generally satisfied” with Syrskyi’s popular predecessor, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi. “We hope our government has not made a big mistake” in replacing him, he told The Associated Press.
Oleksandr Azimov, 61, said he had “some discontent, some dissatisfaction” due to the changes at the top.
This may be a reference to criticism of Syrskyi’s strategy of holding the city of Bakhmutwhich caused the longest and bloodiest battle of the warbut undermined the Russian forces.
Syrskyi takes command at a generally difficult time for Ukraine. Now that the fighting is almost two years old, kyiv relies heavily on support from Western countries, where they have emerged signs of war fatigue.
That has left Ukraine defensivewhile Russia has put its economy on a war footing and is building up its arsenals.
Asked on Friday about Zaluzhnyi’s departure and the appointment of Syrskyi, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskovminimized the measures.
“We do not believe that these are the factors that could change the course of the special (military) operation,” he said, using the Russian government’s euphemism for war.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putinused an interview broadcast Thursday night with the former host of Fox News Tucker Carlson to urge Washington to recognize Moscow’s interests and persuade kyiv to sit down for talks.
(With information from AP)