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Zelensky Accuses Two Ukrainian Generals of Treason and Downgrades Them in Rank

Zelenski acusa de traidores a dos generales ucranianos y los degrada de rango: "serán castigados"

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demoted two generals for “violating the military oath of loyalty to the Ukrainian people,” based on the disciplinary statute of the Armed Forces.

Zelensky explained in his usual evening address, released by the Ukrainian presidency, that he made this decision regarding “anti-heroes. Now I don’t have time to deal with all traitors. But gradually they will all be punished.”

Therefore, the president said, the former head of the Main Internal Security Department of the Security Service of Ukraine, Naumov Andriy Olehovych, and the former head of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kherson region, Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych, “are no longer generals.”

“According to Article 48 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, those military men among senior officers who have not decided where their homeland is, who violate the military oath of loyalty to the Ukrainian people in terms of protecting our state, its freedom, and independence, will inevitably be deprived of high military ranks. Random generals do not belong here,” the president insisted.

By contrast, he expressed to “the real heroes of the Security Service, the same absolute gratitude, as well as to each and every one of those who sincerely defend our country. There really are many heroes among the military.”

On the 36th day of the Russian invasion, Zelensky stated that “we endured much more than the enemy expected (…) We are standing. And we will continue to fight until the end.”

Zelensky said that north of Kyiv, in the Sumy region, the expulsion of the occupiers continues. “They themselves are aware that they can no longer withstand the intensity of hostilities that they could have maintained in the first half of March,” he said.

However, he warned that “for the Russian army, this is part of their tactics. All this is not occasional. We know their plans. We know what they are planning and what they are doing.”

The Russian military is moving away from areas “where we are beating them to focus on others that are very important. On those where it may be difficult for us,” he said.

Zelensky further admitted that the situation in the south and in Donbas in the east “remains extremely difficult.”

“The invaders are allocating their sick creativity to the temporarily occupied areas of the Kherson region. They are trying to organize some of their incomprehensible structures there, they are trying to figure out how to consolidate their presence,” he added.

Zelensky warned that in Donbas, in Mariupol, in the Kharkiv direction “Russian troops are accumulating the potential for attacks, powerful strikes.”

He thanked the United States for imposing a new package of sanctions against Russia, which, according to the Ukrainian president, “will limit the work of sensitive sectors of the Russian economy—its defense sector.”

In addition, the president said that on Thursday he talked with Turkish President Recep Tayyp Erdoğan, specifically about the prospects of negotiations in Turkey with the Russian Federation and also about the creation of an effective system of guarantees for Ukraine.

“I am grateful for Turkey’s readiness to become a guarantor of Ukraine’s security,” Zelensky concluded.

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