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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has removed a high-ranking military official after allegations of incompetence and abuse of power.

Zelensky announced the replacement of Lieutenant General Yuriy Sodol, the Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with Brigadier General Andriy Gnatov. The announcement came during his daily evening address, where Zelensky did not provide specific reasons for the dismissal.


This decision followed sharp criticism from Bogdan Krotevych, a commander of the Azov brigade, a unit with controversial far-right links. Krotevych had previously lodged a complaint with the SBU security service, urging an investigation into Sodol’s conduct. He cited significant battlefield losses under Sodol’s command as a critical concern. Although the SBU did not officially name the general under investigation, media reports identified Sodol as the subject of the complaints.

This development comes as Russian troops have continued to advance incrementally in the east, capturing new villages with persistent regularity without achieving a significant breakthrough.


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