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FILE PHOTO: DECEMBER 26, 2023 - Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi holds a press conference in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine.

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Zelensky vs. Zaluzhny

On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told his top military commander Gen. Valery Zaluzhny that he would be dismissed.

Over the last few months, Zelensky and Zaluzhny’s relationship has soured over strategic differences on the battlefield and suspicions that the general is gunning for the president’s job.

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Commander in Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi visit an artillery training centre, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, at an undisclosed location in Ukraine November 3, 2023.

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Are divisions emerging in Ukraine’s politics?

Ukraine has elections scheduled for 2024, but President Volodymyr Zelensky doesn’t believe they should take place. “This is a time for defense,” he warned, “a time for battle, upon which the fate of the state and its people depend.” Zelensky also rejected any suggestion that the failure of Kyiv’s five-month-old counteroffensive to score major gains against Russian invaders leaves Ukraine’s war at a stalemate.

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