Ukraine army chief sacked

Ukraine’s army chief Valery Zaluzhny has been sacked by President Volodymr Zelensky, CNN quoted sources.

Zelensky has not made an official announcement but a presidential decree can be expected this week.

This move would mark major shake up in the Ukraine military that has been at war with Russia for the past two years.

Both Zelensky and Zaluzhy have been known to have rifts following Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia.

Zaluzhy in November described the war as stalemate in an essay.

Zelensky had announced the sacking in a small gathering two days ago. He offereed a different position Zaluzhy which was declined.

A current favourite to replace the army chief is the Defense Intelligence Directorate head General Kyrylo Budanov, 38.

Budanov however brushed aside the speculation.

Another frontrunner for the position is Commander of Ukrainian Land Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi.