Zelensky appoints new ground forces chief

Zelensky appoints new ground forces chief

/ 05:09 PM February 11, 2024

Zelensky appoints new ground forces chief

Commander of the Joint Forces Oleksandr Pavliuk visits combat positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the line of separation from Russian-backed rebels, near the village of Bohdanivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine February 19, 2022. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Oleksandr Pavliuk, former first deputy defense minister, as the new commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, according to a decree published on Sunday.

Pavliuk, a lieutenant-general who served in the ministry role for a year, replaces Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi after he was tapped this week as commander of Ukraine’s armed forces.


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On Saturday, Zelensky announced five other senior military appointments, filling out a rebooted team to bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s nearly two-year-old invasion.

Ukraine is experiencing a shortage of men and equipment as it heads into 2024 having made few battlefield gains throughout the past year. It also faces a disruption in military aid from the United States, its biggest backer.

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