Chief of Ukraine's General Staff explains separation of his post from that of commander-in-chief

06.03.20
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Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ruslan Khomchak, has explained the importance of dividing the powers assigned to him into two separate posts – Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

"It is beneficial to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it is beneficial to the State of Ukraine. We're undergoing reform – it's practical. It opens doors to new changes, and one of the changes is that the powers of the Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief should be divided," Khomchak told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

According to Khomchak, since Ukraine is developing in the European direction, such a division is needed so that everyone "efficiently and selflessly" performs a specific set of functions to achieve results.

The official says the functions of both officials will be ultimately determined once the president approves them.