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Ukrainian President Contemplates Dismissal of Military Chief Amidst Tensions

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has acknowledged considering the possible dismissal of the country’s top military officer, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, causing shockwaves within Ukraine and raising concerns among Western allies. Zelensky, in an interview with Italian RAI TV, stated that the contemplation is part of a broader initiative for a reset and a new beginning in the country’s leadership.

The tensions between Zelensky and the widely popular general have escalated as Ukraine faces severe ammunition and personnel shortages. The dismissal, if it occurs, could introduce uncertainty among Western allies as Russia continues its aggression in multiple directions along the 1,500-kilometer frontline. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented that talks of Zaluzhnyi’s dismissal revealed divisions within the Ukrainian leadership, a sentiment that Russia welcomed.