In an evening address on 10 February, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he had been holding meetings with the military leadership and the government all day today.
"We continue to reboot the command and control team in the Defence Forces. Now, people who are well known in the army and who know what the army needs are taking on new responsibilities. They are combat commanders of this war, whose experience will be useful at the army-wide level," Zelenskyy said.
He noted that Col Vadym Sukharevskyy was appointed deputy commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army. His area of expertise is unmanned systems and the development of the use of drones. The other deputy is Col Andriy Lebedenko. His area of expertise is innovation, the technological component of the army and combat systems. According to the president, Ukraine needs a clear practice of working with new technologies.
Zelenskyy accepted the nomination of the following deputy chiefs of the General Staff: Brig-Gen Volodymyr Horbatyuk, whose area of responsibility is operational work, staff work, planning, management: each staff must understand the frontline one hundred per cent; Brig-Gen Oleksiy Shevchenko, whose area of responsibility is logistics, the highest quality of logistics in the army; Brig-Gen Mykhaylo Drapatyy, who will be responsible for training and quality training of the military.
"All the real experience of combat commanders, combat brigades, our units, which have built a high-quality system of training soldiers and evaluating and analysing combat operations, - all this experience must be put to practice for the success of the Ukrainian Defence Forces," the president stressed.