US will Work Effectively with New Ukraine Military Chief -Pentagon Officials

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Colonel general Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, attends an interview with Reuters, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine January 12, 2024.

WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has a right to choose who leads Ukraine’s military and the United States will work effectively with his new military chief, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday.

“(Syrskyi) is an experienced, successful commander… we will work effectively with General Syrskyi, we already have,” Celeste Wallander, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the Pentagon, said.

Zelenskiy promoted Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi to lead the military.