Oleksandr Syrsky replaced Serhiy Nayev as the Commander of Joint Forces in the east of Ukraine. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the decision in Chasiv Yar on Monday, May 6 on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“According to the proposal of Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko, it was decided to conduct the rotation of the leadership of the Joint Forces. Thus, I decided to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and appoint Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Syrskiy as the new commander of the Joint Forces,” Poroshenko said.
President instructed the new Joint Forces commander to skillfully apply his experience “and, in coordination with the leadership of the state, ensure the liberation of the Ukrainian land and the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over the occupied territories.”
As it was reported earlier, around 24 m2 of the territory were returned to Ukraine including three settlements (Khutir Vilny, Pivdenne, Shumy) during the Joint Forces Operation, as Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev said.
Anti-terrorist operation was replaced with Joint Forces Operation on April 30, 2018.