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    Rumors That Ukraine's Top Commander May Be Dismissed Expose Rifts in Ukraine Top Brass

    Rifts within Ukraine's top leadership have burst into the open following swirling rumors that the country's top chief will be dismissed amid reported tensions with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    The rumors that Valerii Zaluzhnyi would be sacked were denied by Zelenskyy's office and the Defense Ministry this week and the immensely popular top commander still retains his post. But the reports have fueled expectations of his imminent resignation, which could be a boon for as the war approaches its second anniversary.

    His departure would be the most severe shakeup of Ukraine's top military brass since the Russian invasion as the country grapples with dire ammunition and personnel shortages following a failed summer counteroffensive. It also could hurt the morale of Ukrainian troops, who have been fighting grinding battles for nearly two years.

    A Ukrainian official in speaking to The Associated Press said Zelenskyy told Zaluzhnyi during a meeting on Monday that he must resign if they cannot come to a common solution on key issues.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the meeting was emotional, and suggested that mobilization was one area of disagreement. The official said that tensions between the two men are rising and that the general would not leave his post voluntarily.

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