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By Duncan Mil

February 9, 2024 - Almost two years since Russian forces stormed across the border on February 24, 2022, the military stalemate between Ukraine and Russia shows no sign of ending.

In the latest twist, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has sacked the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, Valerii Zaluzhnyi.

Gen. Zaluzhnyi -- a hugely popular military chief trusted by Ukrainian soldiers and the public -- has led Ukraine’s war effort since the conflict began.

In a Telegram post sent shortly before the formal announcement, Zelensky said he met with Zaluzhnyi and “discussed what kind of renewal the Armed Forces of Ukraine need.”

“The time for such a renewal is now,” Zelensky wrote.

Differences between the two leaders appeared to towards the end of last year, after Zaluzhnyi said the war had reached a stalemate in an interview with The Economist magazine in November.

The army chief warned that without a tremendous technological leap forward, “there will most likely be no deep and beautiful breakthrough,” but instead an equilibrium of devastating losses and destruction.

Zaluzhnyi’s replacement is Oleksandr Syrskyi, who, since 2019, has served as the Commander of Ukrainian Land Forces.

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PUBLISHED: 22/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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