Ruslan Khomchak, who is leaving the post of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, will replace Mykhailo Koval as first deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC).
“Ruslan Khomchak […] moves to the first secretary of the NSDC. Accordingly, acting First Deputy Mykhailo Koval is leaving this post,” Press Secretary of the head of state Serhiy Nikiforov said during a briefing on July 27.
At the same time, he said that official documents on Khomchak’s dismissal from the post of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and his appointment to the post of first deputy secretary of the NSDC will be made public soon.
“I think this is a technical issue. They should appear just now […]. We would not have reported this news now without orders,” Nikiforov said, answering journalists’ questions.
Colonel General Khomchak is a participant in the war in Donbas, former chief of staff of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (2016-2017).
From February 2017 to May 2019, he served as chief inspector of the Ministry of Defense. On May 21, 2019, he was appointed chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since March 2020 as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Colonel General Mykhailo Koval was acting minister of defense of Ukraine from March to July 2014. From July 2014 to January 2015 as deputy secretary of the NSDC. In January 2015, he was appointed as first deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.
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