Zelensky vs. Zaluzhny. Behind the scenes of the conflict at the highest level

Ukrainian and Western media write about the conflict between the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Valery Zaluzhny.

According to Ukrainian Pravda, citing anonymous sources, Zelensky omits Zaluzhny in communications with some generals, complicating the overall leadership of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Zelensky had to establish parallel lines of communication with the heads of certain types of troops, including: with the commander of the army, Oleksandr Syrski, and the commander of the air force, Mykola Oleshchuk. Therefore, the Załużny receives certain information from his subordinates only during meetings of the Supreme Commander’s staff.

– One gets the impression that Zelensky divided the armed forces into two groups: the ‘good’ group, led by Syrski and other favorites, and the ‘bad’ group, subordinate to Załuzhny. This greatly demotivates the commander-in-chief and, most importantly, prevents him from commanding the entire army, an interlocutor close to Zelensky told the portal.

– The conflict between Zelensky and Zaluzhny had been simmering since the summer of 2022, but turned into an open confrontation after the failure of the counter-offensive – a senior source within the Ukrainian government told The Economist. According to him, relations between the president and the commander in chief have become “terrible.”

– Politicians say generals are idiots trained by the Soviets. And the generals say politicians are fools who bother them. Victory has many fathers, but no one wants to be the parent in a hopeless situation, according to the newspaper’s interlocutor.

Zaluzhny has also become a major political problem for Zelensky. Ukrainians’ confidence in the army chief stands at 82 percent, while the president enjoys about 70 percent confidence. subjects. According to unofficial information, it is Zaluzhny’s popularity that will prevent Zelensky from organizing presidential elections in March 2024.

– The president wanted to hold elections, but there was a problem: Załużny. Until this is resolved, no elections will be called, the source explains. According to him, Zelensky’s office is trying to get guarantees from Zaluzhny that he will not participate in the elections. If he does not receive them, an attempt is possible to remove the commander-in-chief from his position.

As The Economist recalls, Zaluzhny’s name appears in the investigation into Ukraine’s loss of southern territories at the beginning of the war. The army commander is currently a witness in the case, but his status could change. According to sources, the threat of criminal charges is intended to “keep Zalużny in line.”

Source: Do Rzeczy