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Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny. Archive photo

“Strana.ua”: Zelensky’s office instructed the regions to stop communicating with Zaluzhny

MOSCOW, November 29 – RIA Novosti. Vladimir Zelensky’s office ordered the heads of Ukraine’s regional administrations to “stop any communication” with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, the Strana publication said, citing journalist Yuri Nikolov.

“Last week, the Office of the President of Ukraine instructed the heads of regional administrations to stop all communication with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny,” the message said.

According to Nikolov, Zelensky’s office took such a step so that “the regional elites would not create any excitement around him (Zaluzhny).

On Tuesday, the Economist, citing a senior Ukrainian government official, reported that the conflict between Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian military chief Valeriy Zaluzhny was “predictable” and resulted from the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive this summer.

Some Ukrainian and Western media had previously written about a possible conflict between Zelensky and Zaluzhny. Washington Post journalists noted that the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who is popular among his citizens, could pose a threat to Zelensky if he decides to enter politics. Journalists included Zaluzhny’s latest statements regarding the stalemate at the front; Zelensky tried to gloss over this by saying that the army was tired, and it was considered as one of the indirect signs of the conflict between them.

For the sixth month, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been trying to advance in the directions of Yuzhnodonetsk, Artemovsk and Zaporozhye, to bring into battle brigades trained by NATO and armed with foreign equipment. According to Vladimir Putin, the Ukrainian counteroffensive has practically failed and the Russian army is improving its positions along the entire front line. As announced by the head of the Ministry of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, the losses of the enemy army since the beginning of November amounted to more than 13,700 people, as well as about 1,800 pieces of various weapons and military equipment.

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