May 21, 2019 / 4:17 PM / 7 months ago

Ukraine's new president replaces Chief of the General Staff - decree

Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev, Ukraine December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday promoted Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak to be the Chief of the General Staff after sacking Viktor Muzhenko, a presidential decree said.

Muzhenko was the Chief of the General Staff since 2014, heading the military through conflict with a Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region that has killed 13,000 people. Zelenskiy is expected to announce a series of personnel changes, including the foreign minister and defence minister.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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