Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Facebook
I know the Chief of General Staff, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces General Volodymyr Zaman, very well. This officer would never agree to transform soldiers and paratroopers into police who, instead of protecting the nation against external enemies, protect the government against its own people. Therefore, General Zaman is no longer in command of the Armed Forces. The “new” military objectives require a very different “military commander.”
And such a person has been found: Admiral Yuriy Ilyin, the One Who Follows Orders! Especially when this admiral is on close terms with the billionaire Vadym Novinsky, who in turn is close to Yanukovych.
In order avoid any misgivings the replacement of the highest army commander may trigger among officers about the “general line” of the ruling party and President Yanukovych as the Commander in Chief, General Zaman, instead of retiring immediately, is being moved to another position. He is now one of the deputies of the Secretary of the National Security Council. Currently, he is officially on the team, but soon he will be moved out altogether.
Translated by Anna Mostovych, edited by Mariana Budjeryn&Robin Rohrback