However, one of the sources said that “the process of removing (the general) from the head of the armed forces is on hold until all parties agree on the next course of action.” How long the process may take is unclear. The White House did not object to the plan, according to the agency’s second source, saying “it is up to Ukraine to make sovereign decisions about its personnel management.”
A few days ago, Reuters reported that Zaluzhny’s position had already been offered to the commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, Oleksandr Syrsky. Other world and Ukrainian media also wrote about disagreements between Zaluzhny and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, especially regarding the general’s demand to mobilize up to 500,000 more Ukrainians.
According to the American newspaper The Washington Post, the president does not agree with the request and argues that the army will not be able to secure such a number due to the lack of uniforms, weapons and the insufficient capacity of training centers. According to Zelensky, another problem is the lack of funds for salaries.
The reversal did not occur
The 50-year-old Zaluzhny is seen by many Ukrainians as a hero thanks to the fact that he was able to prevent the takeover of Kiev by the Russian army at the beginning of the Russian invasion. Reuters points out that last year, however, the Ukrainian counter-offensive did not bring the desired results, from which many hoped a fundamental turn in the war in favor of Ukraine.
Ukrainian media, according to Reuters, suggest that Zaluzhny could be replaced by the current commander of the ground forces, Syrskyi, or the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov.