Volodymyr Zelenskyy fired one of his top Ukrainian military commanders but has not explained why.
Eduard Moskalyov is currently the commander of the Ukrainian joint forces, which are involved in intense battles in the Donbas area in the east.
In a single-line decree posted on the website by the President of Ukraine, the Ukrainian leader announced his decision.
In a Friday daily address, President Zelenskyy mentioned Mr Moskalyov a few days back when he was listing military commanders with whom he had spoken.
Moskalyov was in the position since March 2022, just after Russia invaded Ukraine.
This move comes as the army of Ukraine in Bakhmut, east continues to face relentless attacks by Kremlin forces while Russia seeks to take over the battle-scarred town.
Unexplained explosions in Mariupol
Air raid sirens were heard far from the frontline. One person was killed in a Russian missile attack in Khmelnytskyi, while one person was killed in the capital Kyiv.
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According to UK intelligence, there have been more than a dozen “unexplained blasts” around Mariupol in occupied Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Defence, blast locations include two fuel depots as well as a steel plant that Russia uses for a military base.
The ministry stated that Russia will be likely to be worried about unexplained blasts occurring in a region it had previously deemed beyond its routine Ukrainian strike capabilities.
Sky News reported recently on how Russia bulldoze large areas of Mariupol, and rebuilding it in its image.
The US and NATO allies are trying to stop China from supporting Moscow’s war by making public comments about their belief that Beijing might be considering providing lethal equipment, possibly including drones.
As Russia’s forces struggle for gains in the east, and Kyiv prepares a counteroffensive using advanced Western weapons including battle tanks, Western concerns about China arming Russia are growing.
Jake Sullivan, White House national security advisor, stated that Beijing will need to decide how it proceedes and whether it provides military aid. However, if it does so it will be at great cost to China.