KYIV: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Ukrainian troops on the southeastern entrance and handed out medals, his workplace stated on Sunday (Feb 4) amid intense hypothesis that his common military chief might quickly be sacked.
“It is an honour to be right here at the moment. To help the soldiers and award them. They face a tough and demanding mission to repel the enemy and defend Ukraine,” Zelenskyy stated in a press release after visiting Zaporizhzhia area.
The presidential workplace stated within the assertion that Zelenskyy visited the Ukrainian army’s ahead positions close to the village of Robotyne, which is situated virtually on the battle line.
The southeastern settlement of Robotyne had been liberated in late August within the counteroffensive in opposition to Russian forces.
The president’s go to to the battle strains got here at a time of uncertainty over the destiny of military chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi.
Two sources stated on Friday that the Ukrainian authorities had knowledgeable the White Home that it plans to fireplace the nation’s prime army commander overseeing the struggle in opposition to Russian occupation forces.
The alleged transfer to oust Zaluzhnyi, who has clashed with Zelenskyy over a variety of points, follows a Ukrainian counteroffensive final yr that didn’t get well important quantities of Russian-held territory.
Often called “the Iron Normal”, Zaluzhnyi is extraordinarily common. His elimination might harm morale amongst Ukrainian troops battling to carry positions alongside greater than 1,000km of frontlines in opposition to an enormous Russian pressure armed with giant munitions stockpiles.