President Zelensky removes head of Ukrainian National Security Council amid defense shake-up

Anthony J Daw
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What Happened: 

In a recent move that continues the trend of shake-ups in Ukraine’s defense leadership, President Zelensky has dismissed Oleksiy Danilov, the head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (SNBO). The decree confirming Danilov’s removal was issued without providing any explicit reasons for the decision. Danilov, who had assumed the position in October 2019, now finds himself replaced by Oleksandr Lytvynenko, the former Chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service.

The Details:

This dismissal marks the latest in a series of significant changes at the top echelons of Ukraine’s defense structure, a process that began in early February. Among the notable figures affected was General Valery Zaluzhny, the commander of the armed forces, whose popularity among military ranks did not shield him from being ousted.

President Zelenksy also mentioned that this is the time for a great “renewal” a sentiment echoed amidst growing concerns over Ukraine’s ability to counter the overwhelming manpower and artillery of the Russian military. Western observers have increasingly acknowledged the challenging situation faced by Ukrainian forces on the ground. With some officials quoting that the military would need some 300,000 to 500,000 more troops on the ground to hold the lines of the Russian advance.

President Biden has expressed concern over the country’s plight with Ukraine being in “dire straights”. While Zelensky’s continued to struggle to secure additional weaponry have been compounded by war-weary Western publics and European nations grappling with depleted stockpiles.

Ironically, Danilov’s removal coincides with Putin’s reelection, underscoring the ongoing geopolitical tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The timing of these developments outlines the complexities and challenges faced by Ukraine’s defense establishment in navigating the volatile regional dynamics.