Zelensky dismissed a senior commander in the Ukrainian army

Ukrainian President Zelensky/EPA

Today, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed a high-ranking army official in charge of troops in the eastern part of the country.

The move comes as Kiev has struggled for months to contain Moscow's forces in the east, nearly two and a half years into the war.

"I have decided to replace the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Yury Sodol, and to appoint Brigadier General Andriy Gnatov in his place," Zelensky said in his evening address, MIA reported.

He did not elaborate on the reasons for the dismissal, but the decision came after criticism from the commander of the Azov brigade, known for its links to the far right.

The commander of Azov, Bohdan Krotevich, filed a complaint with the SBU security service a day earlier, demanding an investigation into Sodol.

According to media reports, Krotevych accused Sodol of incompetence and blamed him for the deaths of Ukrainian soldiers at the front.

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