“Various forces are pushing the military into politics.” Zelensky warns generals

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned generals that meddling in politics threatens national unity.

The Ukrainian president’s decisive words were made in an interview with the British daily The Sun. A dispute broke out between Zelensky and the Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valery Zaluzhny, after the military officer stated that the war with Russia had reached a stalemate and that a breakthrough was unlikely.

Zelensky reprimanded Zaluzhny for his statements, noting that generals who enter politics make a mistake.

– Various political forces are pushing the army into politics. This was the case after 2014, when every political party wanted its military stars, war stars. It was a very big mistake. They were pushed into politics and then everyone destroyed their reputations, Zelensky said.

According to the Ukrainian president: “If you go to war thinking that tomorrow you will be involved in politics or elections, then you behave in your words and on the front line like a politician, not like a soldier. I think this is a huge mistake.”

– With all due respect to General Załużny and all battlefield commanders, there is absolute understanding of the hierarchy. It can’t be two, three, four, five [zwierzchników – przyp. red.]. This does not lead to the unity of the nation, he said.

Dispute with the debtor

In early November, The Washington Post wrote that after months of a difficult counteroffensive, tension in relations between the Ukrainian High Command and state authorities had unexpectedly spilled into the public sphere, and cracks had appeared in the steadfast unity.

Journalists recalled Zelensky’s words that there is no “standoff” on the battlefield, which were made after the publication of Zaluzhny’s article about the situation on the front. At the same time, one of the president’s advisors stated that Zaluzhny’s statements to the media “Russia’s work is becoming easier.”

The President’s Office subsequently denied any disagreements between Zaluzhny and Zelensky. It was emphasized that the president has almost daily contact with the commander-in-chief of the army.

Source: Do Rzeczy