President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has appointed Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Syrsky as the new commander of the Joint Forces in the Donbass. He reported this today during a trip to the Donetsk oblast, - correspondent of OstroV reports.
"According to the proposal of Defence Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff of the AFU Viktor Muzhenko, it was decided to conduct the rotation of the leadership of the JFO. Thus, I decided to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defence and appoint Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Syrsky as the new commander of the JFO", - the president stated.
According Poroshenko, Oleksandr Syrsky successfully passed all leadership positions - from platoon commander to deputy chief of the General Staff, healso actively participated in ATO.
"In the difficult conditions of 2014-2015, he was chief of staff at first, later he headed ATO, at the most difficult moments of our history, he provided personal courage and effective actions to organize the defense and repulse of the offensive of the Russian troops", - the head of state added.
As previously reported, on March 16, 2018, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev as commander of the Joint Forces.