On Monday, May 20, inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky took place. And on May 21 it became known about the first appointment of the new president. So, Zelensky dismissed the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko and appointed Lieutenant-General Ruslan Khomchak instead.
What is known about the new commander in chief of the Armed Forces?
Ruslan Khomchak was born on June 5, 1967 in Rivne. He graduated from the Moscow Military School. He served in Germany, and then in Belarus. Seven years he served in the 24th separate mechanized brigade, after which he studied at the National Academy of Defense.
Khomchak was the commander of the 300th separate mechanized regiment in Chernivtsi, and in April 2005 he headed the 72nd separate mechanized brigade. Since 2009 - Chief of Staff of the 8th Army Corps.
In 2011, Colonel Khomchak was awarded the rank of major general by decree of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. In May 2012, Khomchak became commander of the 6th Army Corps, and in August 2013 he was given the rank of lieutenant general. In November 2013, the 6th Army Corps was reorganized into the “South” Command, the acting commander of which was Ruslan Komchak.
From July to December 2014, he led the “B” sector of the ATO forces in Donbas. he was in charge of the operation on withdrawal of troops from Ilovaisk. According to the journalist Yuriy Butusov, on August 5, 2014, Khomchak received an instruction from the ATO commander Muzhenko to carry out the encirclement of Donetsk. From the north, units of the 93rd brigade were to block the main routes from Horlivka to Donetsk and reach Nyzhnya Krynka, and from the south from Starobeshevo the Ukrainian troops were to occupy Ilovaisk, Khartsyzk, and unite in the Zugres-Nyzhnya Krynka area. To keep Ilovaisk, Russian command sent its reserves. On August 23, the Russian regular army struck from the Russian Federation territory and surrounded the troops of sector "B" near Ilovaisk.
It is noted that Khomchak's command post was outside the ring of the encirclement, and evacuation groups were sent three times after him, but the general refused to leave the subordinate soldiers and officers. The next day after the troops were encircled, pro-Russian militants allegedly managed to agree on a “green corridor” for the withdrawal of fighters and equipment. However, both columns during the exit from the city were shot by the pro-Russian militants and the Russian military. Khomchak managed to get out of the encirclement.
After the Ilovaisk tragedy, he served as chief of staff of the ground forces. And in August-October 2016, General Komchak becomes the commander of the ATO forces in Donbas.
From February 2017 until his appointment as Chief of the General Staff, Komchak served as the Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Defense. In this position, he visited the majority of military units, participated in investigations of all known emergency situations in the army over the past two and a half years.
According to the income declaration for 2018, Khomchak owns an apartment in the Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region and two land plots (one in the Zhytomyr region, the other in the Chernihiv region). A new head of the General Staff is driving a Toyota Land Cruiser. Over the past year, income of Komchak amounted to 1 136 000 UAH. Most of this money is salary in the Ministry of Defense. On bank accountst Khomchak has about 8 000 UAH and 6 (six) dollars. At the same time, the general stores 50 000 dollars, 10 000 euros and 60 000 UAH in cash.