Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday demanded radical changes in the operations of the country's military medical system and announced the dismissal of the commander of Ukraine's medical forces.
Changing Everything in Medical Care for Soldiers
Zelensky's move was announced as he met with Ukrainian Defense Minister Rastem Umerov to discuss the 20-month war with Russia, placing great emphasis on the speed with which the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east and south is progressing.
"In today's meeting with Defense Minister Umerov, we set priorities," Zelensky said in videotaped remarks. "There is very little time left to see results. We need to act quickly to see change."
Zelensky said he replaced Major General Tetyana Ostashchenko as commander of the Ukrainian armed forces' medical forces.
"The goal is clear, as it has been stressed in society many times - especially among military medics - we need an entirely new level of medical support for our soldiers," the Ukrainian president said.
According to Zelensky, this level includes a range of issues, such as better equipment, a higher level of digitalisation and better communication.
Umerov acknowledged the change in the command of the Ukrainian medical forces via a message on the Telegram app, and stressed that priorities now include digitization, tactical medicine and the movement of soldiers.
"The experience of the effectiveness of specific units should be extended to the entire defence forces," the Ukrainian defence minister said.
Latest Developments from the Front
At the same time, the Ukrainian army reported advances related to the recapture of occupied areas in the east and south, while Kiev also revealed that its troops gained control of areas on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River in the southern Kherson region.
Ukrainian Supreme Commander Valery Zaluzny, in a report published this month, said the war is entering a new stage of attrition and that Ukraine needs more sophisticated technology to counter the Russian army.
While stressing once again that progress takes time, Zaluzny denied that the war is heading toward a stalemate and called on Kiev's allies, particularly the United States, to continue to support Ukraine militarily.