Volodomyr Zelensky has demanded rapid operational changes to Ukraine’s armed forces after sacking a general.
Major General Tetiana Ostashchenko, commander of Ukraine’s medical forces, was dismissed on Sunday in a decision defence minister Rustem Umerov called “obvious”.
“We need a fundamentally new level of medical support for our soldiers,” Mr Zelensky said, adding there was a need for improved tourniquets, full digitalisation and better communication.
“There is little time left to wait for results. Quick action is needed for forthcoming changes.”
Mr Umerov acknowledged the change on the Telegram messaging app and said digitalisation, “tactical medicine” and rotation of servicemen would be top priorities moving forwards.
Mrs Ostashchenko’s dismissal came a week after a Ukrainian news outlet suggested her removal, as well as that of others, was imminent following consultations with paramedics and other officials responsible for providing support to the military.
Tensions between Ukraine’s political and military leadership have spilled out into the open as its counter-offensive has stalled.
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