The Ukrainian leadership informed the US authorities of its decision to dismiss Valery Zaluzhny from the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, The Washington Post reports, citing informed sources. According to media reports, the White House did not support the decision but did not challenge it.
The publication says the Ukrainian government informed the White House that Zelensky decided to fire Zaluzhny.
As WP notes, the American administration recognized that the decision to dismiss the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was the “sovereign choice” of the country’s president.
It became known that on January 29, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky asked Zaluzhny to leave his post, but he refused. Later, The New York Times wrote that the Ukrainian government postponed the dismissal of the commander-in-chief after data leaked about the planned resignation. Another reason for this decision was that no replacement was found for Zaluzhny.
American journalist Seymour Hersh, in turn, suggested that Zelensky wanted to fire the commander-in-chief because of the latter’s secret discussion with the West about the prospect of a ceasefire and ending the conflict with Russia. According to him, these negotiations have been ongoing since the fall of 2023.