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Valeriy Zaluzhny

Valeriy Zaluzhny

Commander-in-Chief of Ukrainian Armed Forces
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Valeriy Zaluzhniy is a general, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

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Zaluzhnyi was born on July 8, 1973 in Novograd-Volynsky in Zhitomir region.

A career military officer.

He graduated with honors from the Combined Arms Department of the Odessa Institute of the Ground Forces.

In 2020, he graduated with a master's degree in international relations from the Ostroh Academy.

Zaluzhny's service record:

  • 2007-2009 - commander of the 24th separate mechanized brigade;

  • 2009-2012 - commander of the 51st Independent Mechanized Brigade;

  • 2017 - Chief of Staff - First Deputy Commander of the Troops of Operational Command "West" of the Ground Forces of the AFU;

  • 2018 - Head of the Joint Operational Staff of the AFU - First Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces;

  • since 2019 - commander of the troops of the Operational Command "North";

  • since July 27, 2021 - Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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