Ukraine’s President Poroshenko appointed Serhiy Nayev as the Joint Force Commander. He said it during his visit to Kramatorsk, Donetsk region on March 16, President's press office reported on Facebook.
“Upon my initiative, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a Donbas reintegration law. This document provides the formation of a new legal platform to take on the enemy in Donbas, and in the future – to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The format of the anti-terrorist operation will be changed for Joint Forces operation. The guidance of the Armed Forces and other military formations and law enforcement authorities rely on the Joint Force Commander. I decided to appoint Sergiy Navaev to this post,” he said.
It should be mentioned that as to the Donbas reintegration law, the ATO format has been changed for Joint Force Operation and Donbas conflict zone HQ – for Ukraine’s Armed Forces joint center.
The Law On the specifics of the state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known as Donbas reintegration law, came into force on February 24 this year.
The Ukraine’s Armed Forces joint center is going to replace the Anti-Terrorist Operation (which is the official name of the operation in the conflict zone now) and be the main body in the conflict area. It is going to command the military assets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military groups, the Interior Ministry, the National police that are dedicated to combating the Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions”. Law enforcement officers, servicemen and everybody else involved in fighting the aggressor, are going to be subordinate to the Chief of the joint operation headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.