Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Army Viktor Muzhenko is fired from his office. Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak is officially appointed his successor. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the two decrees May 21; the decisions are effective immediately.
Ruslan Khomchak was the Chief of South Operative Command (the territory of Donetsk region where military action takes place, - 112 International), the participant in the ongoing conflict in Donbas.
It is known that he is the General who ordered the Ukrainian troops to leave Ilovaisk encircled by the Russian regular army in August 2014.
Khomchak was drafted as an Artillery Conscript in the Soviet Army in 1985 and served in Kaliningrad, later he joined officer candidate school and was commissioned in the Soviet Mechanized Infantry in 1988. Between 1988 and 1990, he was posted as part of the Soviet Forces in Czechoslovakian SSR. When the conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine, the officer served as the Chief of Group B Operative Command (western part of Donetsk region); later, in 2016, he assumed the job of the Chief of the HQ of the Ground Troops.