Kiev’s Senior General Injured
Valery Zaluzhny commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces wounded in Russian air strike unable to continue in role
The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, General Valery Zaluzhny, was seriously wounded in a Russian missile strike near the city of Kherson earlier this month, a security source has told RIA Novosti.
Zaluzhny, who has recently disappeared from the public eye, suffered a head injury and numerous shrapnel wounds during the attack in early May, which targeted a Ukrainian command post near the village of Posad-Pokrovskoe, the agency reported on Wednesday.
According to him, Zaluzhny was taken to Nikolaev for first aid, and from there by helicopter to a military hospital in Kiev .
The general underwent a craniotomy at a military hospital in Kiev after the strike, the source claimed. Doctors expect the 49-year-old to live, although he will not be able to conduct his duties as commander, the source added.
Zaluzhny’s recovery is further complicated by an underlying medical condition, said to be diabetes, the agency reported.
“The forecast is this: he will live, but he will not be able to do his job,” the security official concluded.
Zaluzhny stopped appearing in public. On May 10, it became known that he refused to take part in a meeting of the NATO Military Committee at the level of chiefs of staff. Then there were rumors that he was wounded or even killed.
Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar argued that the commander-in-chief continues to fulfill his duties.
According to the hacker group “Joker DPR”, citing sources in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zaluzhny underwent several complex operations and may retire for health reasons.
According to the hackers, information about his condition is deliberately blocked at the request of the Western backers of Kiev, so as not to undermine the spirit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine , already demoralised by the loss of Artyomovsk known as Bakhmut in the west.
Malyar suggested that rumors of Zaluzhny’s possible injury or death were being spread by Russia in an attempt to demoralize Ukrainian forces during the battle for the strategic city of Artyomovsk.
Moscow announced the “full capture” of Artyomovsk on Saturday, although Kiev has continued to deny the loss of its key stronghold in Donbass.
Zaluzhny has been popular with the Western media, which has portrayed him as a key figure in Ukraine’s resistance against Russia.
Throughout the conflict, the so-called ‘Iron General’ has given lengthy interviews to outlets such as The Economist and Time, which listed him among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022.