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19:47 13 Feb 2024

Ukraine's commander-in-chief Syrskyi: "The entire society should come together to support the shared goal of victory"

The only way for Ukraine to bring an end to the war with Russia is to reclaim its borders and fully restore its territorial integrity. There is no alternative for Ukraine. To achieve this, the entire society must come together to achieve victory.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, said this in an interview with ZDF.

"You know, when it's not even a war, the war in our country started in 2014, and we are talking about open aggression. So, when this aggression began, I had the feeling that I was going into some kind of abyss, which does not have any clear time limits. It is clear that this is a big problem for us. And at that moment, it was not at all clear when it would end. But it was clear to me that it would be long and difficult," said Syrskyi, answering whether he thought at the beginning of the war that it would last so long.

The journalist asked for clarification on where the hope for Ukraine to end this war soon originates from. In response, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine's armed forces stated:

"This is based on the fact that we must end it with access to our borders. This is the first because other options are not considered. Because we simply have no other way out. And this means that everyone, the entire society, should come together to support the shared goal of victory."

He added that in this case, "everyone needs to work hard… we need to set up production right here, in Ukraine."

"This process has been launched. We need to increase production volumes because we first have to rely on our own strength. Not only on partners, taking everything into account, but also on one's own strength. And, of course, it is necessary to improve tactics. For us, the main task and the main value is the life of our soldiers, officers, and those combat units that directly perform combat tasks. We cannot afford such an attitude as the Russian bosses do, where they practice "meat assaults." I prefer to leave some positions, but I will not allow the death of the entire personnel. And for them, the value of a soldier's life is virtually zero. And we see it… In general, losses are a very sensitive topic for everyone. For any country, any society," said Syrskyi.

For reference:

On February 8, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced the decision to dismiss Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's armed forces. Instead, Oleksandr Syrskyi was appointed as the new commander-in-chief.

On February 9, Syrskyi made his first statement as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He emphasized that today, Ukraine has new tasks on the agenda.

In addition, Zelensky appointed a new chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the commander of the Ground Forces.

"I appointed Major General Anatoliy Barhylevych as the new chief of the General Staff on the proposal of the Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi. He is an experienced person who understands the tasks of this war and Ukrainian goals," he said.

Also, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine [Ukraine's government – ed.] supported the decision on the temporary appointment of Oleksandr Porhun to the post of Minister of Veterans Affairs.

It should be added that the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine's parliament – ed.] dismissed Yulia Laputina, Minister of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine.

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