Yevhen Moysiuk, the Ukrainian army's Major General has been appointed the new Commander of Ukraine's Assault Airborne Forces. Stepan Poltorak, Defense Minister reported that on Facebook on Wednesday.
He also expressed gratitude to Moysiuk's predecessor, Major General Mykhailo Zabrodsky who is now the MP of the Ukrainian Parliament. Under Ukrainian law, a person that takes up the government service cannot serve in any other office than the government authority. Thus, Zabrodsky is bound to give up the military career - at least for the next five years while he serves as an MP.
"Given the results of the extraordinary elections of parliament members, Commander of Ukraine's Assault Airborne Forces Lt. Gen. Mykhailo Zabrodsky has been reassigned to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. I am grateful for General Zabrodsky's service and I sincerely wish him success in the other area, and it's the law-making area now", Poltorak posted.
At that, he congratulated Moysiuk on his assignment. "He has repeatedly displayed heroism and courage, defending Ukraine's territorial integrity, so I'm confident that his experience will let the potential of Assault Airborne Forces develop and strengthen. I wish him self-restraint, fortitude and wisdom in making decisions!", the Minister wrote.
Mykhailo Zabrodsky is No.4 in the party list of Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity.
Yevhen Moysiuk is the first Ukrainian general promoted from the battalion commander of the 25th Assault Airborne Brigade since 2014, when the Donbas conflict started. He was promoted to General in December 2018. In December 2014-January 2015, he was in charge of the defense of Donetsk airport; when Russian mercenaries completely destroyed the airport's terminals, he took care of the evacuation and withdrawal of surviving Ukrainian soldiers from the ruined positions.