Presidential Office advisor Mykhailo Podolyak has said there is no conflict between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s army, the UK’s Guardian newspaper said on Nov. 20.
“Zelenskyy is (Zaluzhnyi’s) direct boss — there cannot be a conflict by definition,” Podolyak said.
Podolyak said that he does not see any disagreements or conflicts at the level of the highest military-political leadership.
Fresh rumors about a “conflict” between Zelenskyy and Zaluzhnyi began to spread after two high-profile articles appeared in the weekly news magazines Time and the Economist.
In a series of articles in the Economist, Zaluzhnyi said that the war was entering a positional phase for Ukraine. The President’s Office then issued several statements with indirect refutations of the general’s remarks.
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On Nov. 5, Zelenskyy said in an interview with NBC News that the situation at the front was difficult, but he does not believe that the war has reached a “stalemate.” At the same time, he suggested a possible change in Ukraine’s military strategy, without elaborating.
Meanwhile, the National Security and Defense Council’s Center for Countering Disinformation has said that Moscow has launched a campaign to discredit Zaluzhnyi, with the aim of trying to convince Ukrainians of a “split between the government and the military.”
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On Nov. 9, news agency Bloomberg reported that sources from Zelenskyy’s entourage had told it that there were no disagreements between the president and Zaluzhnyi.
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