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Zelensky Sacks Top Ukraine Army Chiefs After Disastrous Counteroffensive Against Putin

Volodymyr Zelensky has fired all of his regional recruit chiefs in a wave of brutal sackings as Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia appears to have completely faltered.

According to Reuters, the sackings came on Friday afternoon.

In a tweet, the War Monitor account wrote: “#BREAKING Ukraine‘s Zelenskiy says all regional chiefs of Ukraine‘s military recruitment offices have been fired.”

The sackings come after Mr Zelensky claimed there had been issues surrounding corruption.

In a statement on Telegram, the Ukrainian leader said: “This system should be run by people who know exactly what war is and why cynicism and bribery during war is treason.”

Handling the fallout from the ousted officials would be Valery Zaluzhny, now responsible for implementing Mr Zelensky’s decision, and finding new candidates for the posts.

These would first be vetted by Ukraine‘s domestic security service, it was added.

It comes as Ukraine‘s counteroffensive against Russia was criticised as the nation’s war with Moscow nears its 19-month anniversary.

Just before the sackings emerged, Ukraine urged civilians within the northeastern frontline to evacuate with Russia ramping up its assault to capture territory it had previously seized during the conflict.

Vladimir Putin's Russia has been making gains in recent weeks
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Mr Zelensky is known for removing people from office quickly if he is unhappy with the level of their work or commitment.

This was demonstrated last month when he axed his UK ambassador, who just days before had complained about the Ukrainian president during an interview with Sky News.

Vadym Prystaiko had been in the role in London for three years but criticised the “sarcastic” response Mr Zelensky made with regards to the goodwill of other nations in the West.

At the time, Ben Wallace – the British Defence Secretary – lashed out at Mr Zelensky’s continued demands for more military aid to be sent out.

Source : Express