Zelensky dismissed the Commander of the Joint Forces

Anastasia Pechenyuk 23:15, 26.02.23

He has been in this position for almost a year.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Eduard Moskalev from the post of Commander of the Joint Forces. He was appointed to this position shortly after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in February last year.

Decree of the head of state No. 113/2023 on the dismissal of Moskalev is dated Sunday, February 26.

“Dismiss Eduard Mikhailovich Moskalev from the post of commander of the Joint Forces,” the document says.

What is known about Eduard Moskalev

Eduard Moskalev – Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, participant in the Russian-Ukrainian war. Previously, Moskalev was the commander of the operational-strategic grouping of troops “Odessa” and the chief of staff – the first deputy commander of the troops of the operational command “Vostok”. 

On March 15, 2022, by decree of the President of Ukraine, he was appointed Commander of the Joint Forces. A few days after his appointment, President Volodymyr Zelensky awarded Moskalev the Order of Bogdan Khmelnytsky II degree “for personal courage and selfless actions shown in the defense of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, loyalty to the military oath.”

(C)UNIAN 2023


  1. I don’t see a reason listed for why he was dismissed. If there was some dangerous breach of military security, or poorly applied tactics, then that would be understandable, but shouldn’t that be described in summary?

    Dismissing a high-level commander during an active war is very dangerous, even against the blundering russians.

  2. Dangerous breach of military security, or poorly applied tactics … perhaps. Disagreement in strategy perhaps?

    Or ethical/diplomatic breech like sending Milley a greeting cards saying “where is the help. Thank you very little and fuck you very much”.

    But just maybe the Ukrainian military is set to undergo a capacity change that’s it’s felt someone else is more familiar with.

    He’s had a difficult job and you couldn’t blame him for being a little upset over the position he’s been in.

  3. Maybe he explained to Zelensky that the goal the president set is not achievable, and complained about bad equipment, bad food and too many casualties on the ukrainian side. And maybe he explained to Zelensky that it is more likely the ruSSians come back to Kyiv than the ukrainian forces getting to Crimea because he’s running out of men. Or maybe he simply told Zelensky ‘GFY!’. We may never know. But it was clear that the ukrainian army would run into trouble sooner or later, because of the half-assed western support and Zelensky’s categorical refusal to negotiate. I only hope Zelensky is not playing Poker, going All In with a shitty hand…

  4. Ukraine can’t afford to negotiate unless they are willing to sign themselves to perdition.

    There have been a bunch of people caught with their hand in the cookie jar, some of whom have been military officers. Not saying that’s what happened here, though.

    • Could be true but then wouldn’t he been unde arrest like the others with their hand in the cookie jar. But it seems sudden

      • Well it was after just after Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi’s visit to Bakhmut so maybe something there came up.

        Or maybe that was the purpose of the visit!

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