On November 19, 2023, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy demanded rapid changes in the operations of Ukraine’s military and announced the dismissal of Major General Tetiana Ostashchenko, the commander of the Armed Forces Medical Forces.
Zelenskyy’s move came as he met with Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov to discuss the ongoing war against Russia. The president expressed his dissatisfaction with the pace of the military’s counteroffensive in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.
“There is little time left to wait for results. Quick action is needed for forthcoming changes,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.
Zelenskyy also highlighted the need for improvements in medical support for Ukrainian soldiers. He said that the dismissal of Ostashchenko was necessary to bring about “a fundamentally new level of medical support for our soldiers.”
The dismissal of Ostashchenko is the latest in a series of changes that Zelenskyy has made to the Ukrainian military leadership in recent months. The president has been under pressure to show progress in the war against Russia, and he has been increasingly critical of the military’s performance.
It remains to be seen whether the changes that Zelenskyy has ordered will lead to a breakthrough in the war. However, the president’s actions are a clear indication that he is not satisfied with the status quo and that he is determined to win the war against Russia.
Here are some additional details about the dismissal of Ostashchenko:
Ostashchenko had been the commander of the Armed Forces Medical Forces since 2020.
She was replaced by Major General Andriy Verba, who has previously served as the deputy commander of the Land Forces Medical Service.
The dismissal of Ostashchenko was met with mixed reactions from Ukrainian officials. Some expressed support for the decision, while others criticized it.
The dismissal of Ostashchenko is a significant development in the ongoing war in Ukraine. It is still too early to say what the long-term impact of this decision will be, but it is clear that Zelenskyy is serious about making changes to the Ukrainian military.sharemore_vert