Zelensky removes two top generals of Ukraine saying he does not have “time to deal with all the traitors”. In his nightly address posted to social media on Thursday night, he called the generals “antiheroes”.
“Today another decision was made regarding antiheroes. Now I do not have time to deal with all the traitors. But gradually they will all be punished,” he said.
The generals — former chief of the Main Department of Internal Security of the Security Service of Ukraine, Naumov Andriy Olehovych, and the former head of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kherson region, Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych — have been stripped of their rank.
“Those servicemen among senior officers who have not decided where their homeland is, who violate the military oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people as regards (to) the protection of our state, its freedom, and independence, will inevitably be deprived of senior military ranks. Random generals don’t belong here!” Zelensky said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the situation in southern Ukraine and Donbas “remains extremely difficult” as Russia continues to prioritize military operations in the separatist-controlled region.
In the Donbas region, the besieged southern city of Mariupol, and in the direction of the northeastern city of Kharkiv, “Russian troops are accumulating the potential for strikes,” Zelensky warned.
Russian forces were regrouping in order to “intensify operations in priority areas and, above all, to complete the operation for the complete liberation of Donbas,” Russian Ministry of Defense spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.
Zelensky reiterated Ukraine’s commitment to “do everything we can to stop the invaders.”