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Reports: A power struggle between Zelensky and the Supreme Leader

Reports: A power struggle between Zelensky and the Supreme Leader

According to consistent media reports, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is said to have tried to dismiss Supreme Leader Valery Zalochny. The British newspaper “The Times” reported yesterday that due to pressure from the United States and Great Britain, as well as high-ranking military officials, Zelensky was forced to retract this decision.

The British newspaper The Guardian, quoting opposition representatives, reported that the president asked Salozny to resign yesterday, but he refused. Zelensky's plan to fire Salozny was also reported by the New York Times (“NYT”).

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For weeks, relations between Zelensky and Saluzny were strained over the failed counterattack against the Russian attackers. The 50-year-old Salushnyg became the army's commander-in-chief just months before the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Under his leadership, Ukrainian forces withstood the invasion and reclaimed the occupied territories. The general is very popular among his soldiers and the population. For this reason, it was said that he had political ambitions, which he denied.

According to senior officers, Zalushny was summoned for a personal meeting with Zelenskyy yesterday, The Times reported. There he told presidential advisers that their assessments of the military situation were more positive than realistic. Then he was asked to resign.

The Ministry of Defense denied

When he refused, Zelensky said he would sign a decree dismissing him. After potential successors rejected the offer to take over as supreme commander, Zelensky was forced to step back and stay with Saluzny for the time being, the report said.

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