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Dhe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov. A corresponding decree was revealed on Tuesday afternoon. Danilov's place will probably be taken by the earlier head of the international intelligence service, Oleksander Lytvynenko. Zelensky additionally talked about Danilov's dismissal in his night video speech, however didn’t give any causes for the change. The president thanked Danilov for his work and introduced that he can be given a brand new process. “He will be transferred to another area – more on that later,” mentioned Zelensky.

In the presidential workplace, advisor Mykhailo Podoljak spoke of a traditional rotation of workers. However, Ukrainian media see a reference to the insult to the Chinese particular envoy for the Ukrainian warfare, Li Hui, who is meant to mediate between Moscow and Kiev. Danilov mispronounced Li Hui's identify on Ukrainian tv final week when he was upset that China needed to barter over Ukraine's territories. “I don't understand who can take our territories, our land and throw them away like that. Because it seemed to some Hui, sorry, the last name is that, or someone else there that they should decide that,” Danilov mentioned, emphasizing that that is Ukraine’s enterprise. “Hui” means one thing like “tail” in Ukrainian and Russian.

Lytvynenko solely discovered about his new job on Tuesday

Danilov's dismissal got here as a shock to many observers in addition to to his successor. As Lytvynenko advised the Ukrainian media “Liga.net”, he solely discovered on Tuesday that he was to turn into secretary of the Security Council. Oleh Ivashchenko was appointed as the brand new head of the international intelligence service. He was beforehand deputy head of army intelligence.

Danilov took over the publish of Secretary of the Security Council in 2019 and, aged 57 on the time, was one of many extra skilled politicians across the newly elected president. As the journalist Simon Shuster writes in his broadly acclaimed biography of Zelensky, he was one of many few in Kiev who took warnings of a Russian invasion significantly. On Tuesday, Danilov thanked the pinnacle of state for his belief over the previous 4 years and his staff for his or her work on Platform X. He didn't write about what would occur subsequent for him.

Oleksiy Danilow

Oleksiy Danilow

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The Security Council of Ukraine consists of 21 members. It contains members of the federal government, the heads of the key service, the legal professional common, the pinnacle of the central financial institution and the president of the Academy of Sciences. The Council, chaired by the President, discusses nationwide safety points. The secretary stories on to the pinnacle of state and primarily carries out organizational duties.

Ukrainian military in Donbass nonetheless below stress

Lytvynenko is aware of the committee. He was deputy secretary of the Security Council for 5 years after the Maidan revolution in 2014. The 51-year-old Lytvynenko graduated within the Nineties with a level in utilized arithmetic from the Moscow Institute of Cryptography, a part of the Russian secret service FSB. He later studied regulation and political science in Kiev. In July 2021, he took over the management of the Ukrainian international intelligence service.

Meanwhile, the Russian military continues to place stress on Ukrainian troopers in Donbass. The Ukrainian General Staff reported notably fierce preventing within the city of Novomykhailivka, south of Donetsk. The army in Kiev mentioned there have been 21 tried Russian advances there on Tuesday. A complete of 51 floor battles have been reported on the virtually 1,000 kilometer lengthy entrance line via japanese and southern Ukraine.