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Ukrainian General Staff chief Shaptala discharged for health reasons along with Zaluzhnyi

Serhiy Shaptala and Valerii Zaluzhnyi
Serhiy Shaptala and Valerii Zaluzhnyi

Serhiy Shaptala, former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), has been discharged from military service due to health reasons, NV’s sister publication Ukrainska Pravda reported on March 9, citing sources in Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

Two separate sources confirmed that Shaptala, similar to the former Commander-in-Chief of the AFU, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, was dismissed based on the conclusion of the military medical commission (MMC) declaring him unfit for military service and removing him from military records.

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Zaluzhnyi underwent an MMC in winter, where he was deemed unfit for military service. In February, he submitted a report requesting dismissal from military service, Ukrainian online newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia earlier reported, citing sources.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Zaluzhnyi was stepping down as Commander-in-Chief of the AFU, succeeded by the Commander of the Ground Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi. on Feb. 8. Shaptala was also relieved of his duties.

Zelenskyy nominated Zaluzhnyi to be Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Kingdom on March 7, stating that the general himself requested such a direction for his future.

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