Trust in President Volodymyr Zelensky fell by around 5% following the dismissal of Valerii Zaluzhnyi on Feb. 8, a poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) released on Feb. 15 found.
Following months of reports about a rift in Ukraine's political and military leadership, President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, who had led Ukraine's military since before the full-scale invasion. Zelensky replaced Zaluzhnyi with General Oleksandr Syrskyi, who had previously served as the commander of Ukraine's Ground Forces and the
National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. will continue supporting Ukraine and its military no matter who's in charge. "We're not concerned about Ukrainian stability as a result of this," Kirby said.
President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi and appointed General Oleksandr Syrskyi in his place.
Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said a decision was made "on the need to change the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine." Umerov thanked Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi for his service.
Editor's Note: This is a developing story. Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi may have been dismissed on Jan. 29, according to sources of the Kyiv Independent and several other Ukrainian media. No official decree has been published on President Volodymyr Zelensky's website yet. A Kyiv Independent source in the General Staff