Presidential decree dismisses former Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief from military service

Valerii Zaluzhnyi
Valerii Zaluzhnyi

The former Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, was officially dismissed from military service due to health reasons by the decree No. 309/2024 issued by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and published on his website on May 8.

Zaluzhnyi retains the right to wear military uniform.

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On March 9, the Ukrainian newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia wrote that Zaluzhnyi was declared unfit for military service by a military medical examination commission.

On Feb. 8, Zelenskyy announced that Zaluzhnyi was stepping down as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, to be succeeded by the Commander of the Ground Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi.

The President made the announcement following a week of speculation about Zaluzhnyi’s resignation and reports of a rift with the Commander-in-Chief, which resurfaced in November 2023 after two prominent articles published in Time and The Economist, as well as subsequent events.

In the run-up to Zaluzhnyi’s resignation, Ukrainian journalists reported that the general was offered to serve as Ambassador to the UK, but at the time he declined in favor of remaining in the Ukrainian military.

On March 7, Zelenskyy appointed Zaluzhnyi as Ukraine's ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Kyiv has not had an ambassador to London since the summer of 2023, when Vadym Prystaiko was dismissed from his post.

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