(Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday demanded fast adjustments within the operations of Ukraine’s navy and introduced the dismissal of the commander of the navy’s medical forces.
Zelenskiy’s transfer was introduced as he met Defence Minister Rustem Umerov, and coincided with debate over the conduct of the 20-month-old battle in opposition to Russia, with questions over how rapidly a counteroffensive within the east and south is continuing.
“In as we speak’s assembly with Defence Minister Umerov, priorities had been set,” Zelenskiy mentioned in his nightly video tackle. “There may be little time left to attend for outcomes. Fast motion is required for forthcoming adjustments.”
Zelenskiy mentioned he had changed Main-Common Tetiana Ostashchenko as commander of the Armed Forces Medical Forces.
“The duty is obvious, as has been repeatedly confused in society, significantly amongst fight medics, we want a essentially new stage of medical help for our troopers,” he mentioned.
This, he mentioned, included a variety of points — higher tourniquets, digitalisation and higher communication.
Umerov acknowledged the change on the Telegram messaging app and set as high priorities digitalisation, “tactical drugs” and rotation of servicemen.
Ukraine’s navy studies on what it describes as advances in recapturing occupied areas within the east and south and final week acknowledged that troops had taken management of areas on the japanese financial institution of the Dnipro River in southern Kherson area.
Ukrainian commander in chief Common Valery Zaluzhniy, in an essay printed this month, mentioned the battle was getting into a brand new stage of attrition and Ukraine wanted extra refined expertise to counter the Russian navy.
Whereas repeatedly saying advances will take time, Zelenskiy has denied the battle is headed right into a stalemate and has known as on Kyiv’s Western companions, primarily the US, to keep up ranges of navy help.
Ostashchenko was changed by Main-Common Anatoliy Kazmirchuk, head of a navy clinic in Kyiv.
Her dismissal got here every week after a Ukrainian information outlet prompt her removing, in addition to that of others, was imminent following consultations with paramedics and different officers accountable for offering help to the navy.
(Reporting by Ron Popeski and Oleksandr Kozhukhar; Enhancing by Chris Reese)