Zelensky appoints new Joint Forces Commander
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Oleksandr Syrskiy from the post of Commander of the Joint Forces in Donbas, appointing General Volodymyr Kravchenko as his successor.
The relevant decrees of August 5 are posted on the president's website.
In particular, by Decree No. 577/2019, the president dismissed Syrskiy, while Decree No. 579/2019 appointed Kravchenko as a new Commander.
Since 2017, Volodymyr Kravchenko served as deputy chief of staff of the Pivnich [North] operational command of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Oleksandr Syrskiy was appointed to the post of Commander of the Joint Forces on May 6, 2019, by the then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
On Aug 5, Zelensky with his Decree No. 578/2018 appointed Syrskiy Commander of Ukraine's Ground Forces to replace Serhiy Popko.