Following debates on the ongoing conflict with Russia that has lasted for 20 months, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged swift changes in the military operations of the nation and removed Major-General Tetiana Ostashchenko, the leader of the Armed Forces Medical Forces.

In a meeting with Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, Zelensky’s call for urgent reforms was underscored. He urged quick action to achieve the desired changes in the current conflict.

Major-General Anatoliy Kazmirchuk has taken over the Armed Forces Medical Forces from Major-General Tetiana Ostashchenko. Zelensky stressed the necessity for a radical improvement in medical assistance, tackling problems such as better tourniquets, digitalization, and increased communication.

Acknowledging the change, Defence Minister Umerov outlined key priorities on the Telegram messaging app. These include digitalisation, a focus on “tactical medicine,” and the implementation of a servicemen rotation system.

Progress in regaining territories held by Russia in the east and south was reported by the Ukrainian military. They captured areas along the eastern bank of the Dnipro River in the southern Kherson region. General Valery Zaluzhniy, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine, highlighted the significance of advanced technology to oppose the Russian military, marking a new phase of erosion in the conflict.

While admitting the time required for improvements, Zelensky denied the idea of a standstill in the war. He urged Western partners, mainly the United States, to continue supporting Ukraine militarily.

Ostashchenko’s removal came after a Ukrainian news outlet suggested that changes were imminent after consultations with paramedics and officials overseeing military support.

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