© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a press convention in Odesa, Ukraine October 13, 2023. REUTERS/Nina Liashonok/File Photograph
(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday appointed a brand new commander of its particular forces, a unit identified for conducting army operations in Moscow-held territories, however the officer changed within the shuffle stated he had not been informed why.
Zelenskiy stated in his nightly video tackle that Colonel Serhiy Lupanchuk would now head the forces and described him as “an skilled officer, fight officer and the suitable man in command”.
The president stated Lupanchuk’s predecessor, Maj-Gen. Viktor Horenko, who led the forces from July 2022, “will proceed to carry out particular duties” throughout the Defence Ministry’s Intelligence Directorate.
Zelenskiy gave no additional clarification for the change.
Horenko stated in an interview he had been informed nothing.
“I personally do not know the explanations. Let me simply say that I realized of this from the media,” Horenko informed the Ukrainska Pravda information website.
“I spoke to the commander-in-chief (Common Valery Zaluzhnyi), who was additionally unable to clarify it. The commander-in chief was purported to make the suitable submission, however he informed he that he did not do it. I do not perceive what occurred.”
The particular forces are believed to be behind essentially the most refined operations Ukraine’s army has carried out in areas beneath Russian management, specifically Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, eight years earlier than Moscow’s full land invasion.
Current examples are a strike in September on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet command in Sevastopol, and assaults on a patrol ship and a submarine stationed within the peninsula.
The particular forces are additionally liable for army info and psychological operations, in addition to the group of resistance in occupied territories.
Zelenskiy this week praised Ukraine’s army for diminishing Moscow’s army power within the Black Sea by elevated air and sea drone assaults on Russian army targets.
The president dismisses Western criticism that Ukraine’s counteroffensive launched in June is continuing too slowly.
Commander-in-chief Zaluzhniy, in an essay revealed in The Economist journal this week, stated the battle had entered a static, attritional section, which was to Moscow’s benefit.