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Moscow launches discrediting campaign against Ukraine’s newly appointed Commander-in-Chief, warns NSDC

Russians create fake news as Zaluzhnyi is replaced by Syrskyi
Russians create fake news as Zaluzhnyi is replaced by Syrskyi

Russia has launched a “campaign aimed at discrediting the new Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Oleksandr Syrskyi, the National Security and Defense Council's (NSDC) Center for Countering Disinformation (CCD) warned on Telegram on Feb. 11.

According to CCD Head Lieutenant Andriy Kovalenko, the Russians are trying to portray Syrskyias a "Soviet and Russian" style general. They are also looking for his relatives in Russia, "family friends," from whom they take comments and disseminate them in the information space with negative connotations.

The CCD emphasizes that Syrskyi has been a part of Zaluzhnyi's team and has successfully led a number of operations, including Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts liberation, proving his skills and ability to achieve results in the war against Russia.

In addition, the CCD warns of the emergence of fake websites falsely associated with Zaluzhnyi, located on various domains and created by unknown individuals.

Read also: Zaluzhnyi steps down as Commander-in-Chief, replaced by Syrskyi

"These sites are not associated with Valerii Zaluzhnyi, and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have already been informed about their activities," Kovalenko said, adding that the enemy is likely behind these attempts to divide Ukrainian society.

On Feb. 8, Zelenskyy, by his decree, dismissed Valerii Zaluzhnyi from the position of the chief, which he held for over 2.5 years, appointing Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi in his place. General Zaluzhnyi was awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.

The President announced the decision after a week of rumors about Zaluzhnyi’s resignation and reports of conflict with the chief, which began to reappear in November 2023 after two articles by Time and The Economist, as well as by a series of subsequent events.

On Feb. 11, Zelenskyy has also appointed new commanders of the Ground Forces, the Joint Forces, the Air Assault Forces, and the Territorial Defense Forces.

Read also: Zelenskyy appoints new top ranked military commanders

Zelenskyy had previously spoken of his intention to reboot the entire military command. He criticized Ukrainian generals for problems with logistics at the front and demanded solutions.

Ukraine’s newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, is causing concern not only due to his reputation as a “Soviet-style” general with little regard for his troops’ lives but also because of his relatives in Russia, The Guardian reported on Feb. 9.

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