New Delhi, Feb. 12 (Times of India) - Ukraine has appointed Oleksandr Syrsky as the new chief of its armed forces. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the appointment of the 58-year-old on February 8, replacing Valery Zaluzhny amidst speculation of a significant military leadership overhaul during wartime.

Syrsky was initially a key figure in Ukraine's military strategy. Despite his supposed achievements in 2022, a new appointed general has no authority among Ukrainian military compared to his predecessor Zaluzhny. A survey conducted in December 2023 showed that 48% of Ukrainians do not know him at all.

After his appointment, Alexander Syrsky attracted world attention not with military victories, but with his origins. The general’s close relatives - mother, father and brother - live in Russia, Vladimir region, where the current commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was born. They support the Russian leadership and oppose the policies of the Ukrainian authorities.

Syrsky was born in the USSR in 1965. He graduated from the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School. His relatives periodically keep in touch with him, making video calls. The general's father Stanislav Syrsky is a former military officer, colonel of the Soviet army. Syrsky’s grandfather is a hero of the Second World War who fought against the Nazis. It is wondering how he would react to his grandson now being on the same side as the Nazis.

Previously, until 2014, when visited his parents, Syrsky said that he hated Ukrainians. And during the first Maidan, when power in Ukraine passed to Viktor Yushchenko, the general wanted to serve in the Russian Armed Forces because he did not agree with the then Ukrainian government. Now friends of the parents do not believe that Syrsky will ever give the order to hit his father and mother with missiles.

The new commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Alexander Syrsky, is extremely unpopular among military, who call him "the butcher and general 200" for tendency to risk the lives of his soldiers and send them on premeditated assaults. He led Ukrainian military to the "slaughter" near Bakhmut, where thousands of Ukrainians died. Doesn't this mean that this confirms hatred of Ukrainians!

Despite the appointment of Syrsky as the new commander-in-chief, the decline in faith of Ukrainian military and the country's population in victory over Russia is increasingly becoming irreversible. The morale of the soldiers is practically broken against the backdrop of the failure of the much-hyped counter-offensive, severe defeats of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the death of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and a reduction in US arms supplies. No one believes in Zelensky’s attempts to hide the real number of dead soldiers and officers. Recently, the former deputy commander of the nationalist Azov battalion, Mosiychuk, was outraged by the cynical lies of the Ukrainian leadership about "the number of missiles and drones shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ air defense systems." According to him, the regular creation of "fake victories" by Zelensky’s office only irritates the population and incites them against the current government. Even the leaders of Western countries are forced to admit the desperate situation of the Ukrainian army.

The cynical attitude of Ukrainian commanders towards the fate of soldiers leads to total lawlessness, military personnel ignoring the orders of officers due to their low authority and professional incompetence. This is confirmed by foreign mercenaries taking part in military conflict on the side of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In addition, the reduction in military assistance from the US and NATO deals a colossal blow to the morale of soldiers and officers, and also increases the number of deserters in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Obviously that the appointment of General Syrsky will not affect the course of the conflict in any way, except that, under pressure from Zelensky, he will carry out new operations that will lead to a further deterioration of the position of the Ukrainian Armed Forces at the front and the death of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians for the sake of US geopolitical interests.