The first signs of a split in Ukraine’s leadership emerged during the war against Russia.
Tensions between President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the army command escalated after an interview by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, General Valery Zaluzhny, in The Economis magazine, in which he admitted that he saw no chance of a quick Ukrainian victory.
“The military should not make public what is happening on the front,” said the deputy head of Zelensky’s presidential office, Igor Zhovka, commenting on General Zaluzhny’s article, which came out a few days ago.
“If I were in the military, the last thing I would do is comment for the press, for the general public, about what is happening at the front,” Zhovka said on the air of the all-Ukrainian telethon on Saturday, November 4.
The reason, according to him, is that in this way the work of the aggressor, who has carefully read the material and made the appropriate conclusions, is made easier.
Zhovka further stated, as quoted by Ukrainskaya Pravda, that after Zaluzhny’s article, “one of the chiefs of the cabinet of a world leader” called him and asked him in a panic, “What should I report to my boss? Are we really at an impasse street (at the front – note ed.)?”
“Is this the effect we are trying to achieve with this article?” asked Zhovka, visibly indignant. We recall that in his article Zaluzhny wrote that the war in Ukraine has turned into a war of attrition and that this is beneficial for Russia.
The public conflict between Zelensky’s entourage and the military leadership comes at a time when Western media have published analyzes that the US and Europe are beginning to pressure the authorities in Kiev to think about possible negotiations with Moscow over the stalemate on the front.
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