• 24/07/2024 05:06

“Bars” has replaced “Volunteer”. Who is now taking the place of “Zaluzhny’s team” in the army?

Last year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky completely re-introduced the ranks of the Armed Forces. The smart team of Valery Zaluzhny has been replaced by the team of Oleksandr Sirsky, who are planning to implement a new strategy for winning the war with Russia.

RBC-Ukraine reports on those who have bypassed the key planting and at the command of the ZSU.

< p dir="ltr">During the preparation of the material, the following were consulted: presidential decrees on the recognition of the new ranks of the ZSU, publications on the website of the Office of the President, data from Wikipedia, Telegram channel of the Ground Forces of the ZSU, Telegram channel of the Airborne Assault Forces of the ZSU, Facebook page ZSU Territorial Defense Forces


  • Olexandr Sirsky – the new chief commander
  • Sirsky’s defenders – Vadim Sukharevsky and Andriy Lebedenko< /li>
  • Anatoly Bargilevich – Chief of the General Staff of the ZSU
  • Bargilevich’s defenders – Volodymyr Gorbatyuk, Oleksiy Shevchenko and Mykhailo Drapatiy
  • Oleksandr Pavlyuk – commander of the Ground Forces
  • Yuriy Sodol – commander of the Joint Forces
  • Igor Plakhuta – commander of the Territorial Defense Forces
  • Igor Skibyuk – commander of the Air Assault Forces

< p dir="ltr">Photo: Oleksandr Sirskiy and his team at the military unit of the ZSU (infographics RBC-Ukraine)

Oleksandr Sirskiy is the new chief commander

Oleksandr Sirsky was born on June 26, 1965 in the village of Novinki, Oleksandrivsky district, Volodymyr region (RRFSR), and graduated from the Moscow Higher Secondary Command School in 1986. Having started his service as a commander of a motorized rifle platoon in Lubny (Poltava region), from 1993 he commanded a motorized rifle battalion of the 6th division of the National Guard near Chuguiv (Kharkiv region), then became the commander of a regiment of the division.

In 1996, he graduated from the Academy of Military Forces of Ukraine, and in 2005, from the National Defense Academy of Ukraine, completing a dissertation and becoming a candidate of military sciences. In the 2000s, he commanded the 72nd mechanized brigade near the Bilyi Tserkov (Kiev region). In 2007-2011, he served as chief of staff – the first intercessor of the commander of the Joint Operational Command of the ZSU. The rank of Major General was removed from his birth in 2009.

In 2011-2013, he shut down the intercessor of the head of the ZSU Head Command Center, advocating for cooperation with NATO and the reform of the Ukrainian army according to the standards of the Alliance. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in 2014, Sirsky has secured the ATO headquarters in Donbass. At this planting, he took an active part in the Debaltsevo operation. In 2016, he became the commander of the Joint Operational Headquarters of the ZSU, and then became the commander of the ATO; in the spring of 2019, he again became the commander of the Joint Operations Headquarters, and then became the commander of the Ground Forces of the ZSU. In 2020, the rank of Colonel General was removed.

From the first days of large-scale aggression in 2022, the Syrian army was responsible for the defense of Kiev. For his success, he was awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, 2nd stage and the title of Hero of Ukraine. The commander of the Ground Forces became the commander of the front line on Kharkovsky, Izyumsky, Limansky, Kupyansky, Bakhmutsky and Avdiivsky direct lines. Having planned and implemented the Kharkiv offensive operation in the fall of 2022, if Kup'yansk, Balaklia, Izyum, Liman and Svyatohirsk were captured.

Last year 2023 there was a special cry standing on Bakhmutsky straight. Despite the loss of Soledar and Bakhmut, the troops under the command of Sirsky imposed colossal losses on the Russians, effectively liquidating the Wagner air defense system. Vlytku The defense forces quickly penetrated on the ground and sun flanks, preventing the enemy from taking the initiative. The epicenters of military operations will be Adviivka, Kup'yansk and Bakhmutsky directly.

By decree of the 8th of 2024, Sirsky was appointed head commander of the ZSU. He also called the first-order commandments: clearer and more detailed planning, reduction of logistics, balance between military commands and savings in a special warehouse, promotion of new technological solutions.

“It is only by changing and constantly improving the skills and methods of conducting combat operations that we can achieve success in this direction,” he briefly formulated the great victory.

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Significantly, Oleksandr Sirsky has a rich positive record of “Bars”. His successor Valery Zaluzhny is a positive “Volunteer” during the ATO.

Sirsky’s defenders are Vadim Sukharevsky and Andriy Lebedenko

Vadim Sukharevsky was born near Berehovo (Transcarpathian region), graduating from the Mukachi Lyceum with advanced military-physical training. In 2004, the family took part in the peacekeeping mission in Iraq. In 2009, he graduated from the Lviv Institute of Land Forces of the National University “Lviv Polytechnic”.

In 2011, he became the commander of the airmobile company of the 80th airmobile regiment. The fight against Russian aggression will take its fate in 2014. Sukharevsky and the positive “Borsuk” are called a legend of the Russian-Ukrainian war, since 13 April 2014 he gave the first order to open the fire, since the 80th brigade was covering the special forces in the battle with the militants under the Word 'Yansky. The sickle recovered from the wounds in the battles near Krasny (Luhansk region).

In 2016, he became a battalion commander, relinquishing the rank of colonel in 2020, and became the chief of staff of the 35th Marine Brigade in 2022; z Oleshok (Kherson region). Before the release of Kherson, the brigade fought on the ground, after which it was transferred to Avdiivskyi directly.

As stated by President Volodymyr Zelensky, at the landing of the intercessor, the head of Sukharevsky will be responsible for the unmanned systems and the development of stagnation Suwanna drones. Being a brigade commander, he started the production and repair of UAVs.

“Ammunition for FPV drones, for Mavics, for aircraft-type drones – we have everything ourselves,” said Rossov from Forbes, meaning that his fighters will supply drones to 8 more brigades.

Last year, information also appeared about the fact that Sukharevsky can identify new creations in the military – Forces of unmanned systems. There were no official comments on this drive today.

Sirsky’s other defender, Andriy Lebedenko, is recognized for innovation, for the technological component of the army and combat systems. Before recognition, he took over the position of the head of the head department of communications and cyber security of the General Staff of the ZSU. There may not be any information about Lebedenko in public access, and his name is on the list of individuals awarded the Order of Danylo Galitsky in 2022.

Anatoly Bargilevich – Chief of the General Staff of the ZSU

Anatoly Bargilevich was born on the 8th quarter of 1969 in the village of Omelyanivka (Korostensky district, Zhytomyr region). Having graduated from the Tashkent Higher Tank Command School, he has been in military service since 1987. In one interview, I learned that most of the military career was an operational management officer. Behind these words are the people who formulate and implement battle plans, and also know how to stand up to any kind of bastard.

At the beginning of the war in Donbass in 2014, a group of people took over the position of the head of the operational preparation department of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff. Then going to the headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Operation. In 2016, he became the head of the operational department and the intercessor of the chief of staff of the Ground Forces ZSU command. In 2017, the rank of major general was removed.

In 2020-2022, Bargilevich was the intercessor of the commander of the Ground Forces, the commander of the Territorial Defense Command of Ukraine. Before a full-scale war, they opposed the sight of solid radioactive waste in the region of Ukraine. At that time, the number of territorial defenses reached 600 people, the general proposed raising them to 10,000 in peacetime.

In 2022, he became the chief of staff of the operational-strategic grouped army “Khortytsia”, and in the summer of 2023 – commander of the Territorial Defense Forces. By decree of the 9th of 2024, he was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the ZSU.

Bargilevich's intercessors – Volodymyr Gorbatyuk, Oleksiy Shevchenko and Mikhailo Drapatiy

The following candidates were chosen for the appointment of intercessors to the Chief of the General Staff:

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  • Brigadier General Volodymyr Gorbatyuk – operational work, headquarters work, planning, management

  • Brigadier General Oleksiy Shevchenko – logistics

  • Brigadier General Mikhailo Drapatiy – preparation and training of military personnel

  • “All the real evidence of combat commanders, combat brigades, our sub-divisions, who created a clear system of training soldiers and assessments and analysis of combat operations, all this evidence can be implemented for the success of the Ukrainian Defense Forces,” – saying Volodymyr Zelensky for days.

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    Volodymyr Gorbatyuk is from the Vinnytsia region. In 2014, the rank of major was the rotation commander of the Ukrainian contingent in Kosovo. In 2015-2017, he commanded the 54th mechanized brigade, which was stationed in Bakhmuti. Later becoming the first defender of the commander of the military operational command “Zakhid”.

    Oleksiy Shevchenko served in command positions in artillery units, being the patron of the head of the National Academy of Land Forces named after Hetman Petro Sagaidachny (Lviv). In the spring of 2022, he graduated from the Military Academy in Odessa.

    Mikhailo Drapatiy was a battalion commander in the 72nd mechanized brigade (Bila Tserkva) in 2014. Commanded the operation to liberate Mariupol. This battalion refused the order to go to the site in armored vehicles and release the guards from the police department. The situation was complicated by barricades, one of which blocked the roads with a colony of four cars. At the first seat, Drapaty, whose infantry fighting vehicle flew over the barricade, and the footage of that recording showed channels all over the world.

    In Chernya, the 72nd ombre battalion raided the cordon with Russia, taking control of the zone of Amvrosiivka, Zelenopill, Marynivka, Dovzhansky, and captured Savur-Mogila and Chervonopartisansnsk (Voznesenivka). Then, in support of the militants, shelling began against Ukrainian fighters from the Grads and Uragans from Russian territory. Drapatiy viviv expanded to Zelenopill, after which on the night of the 7th sickle there was a major outburst from the so-called “Izvarinsky Cauldron”. 260 fighters and 30 pieces of equipment came out, and one soldier died during the third day.

    After the renewal, Drapaty’s battalion was sent to Volnovakha, and he himself was transferred to the National Defense University of Ukraine named after Ivan Chernyakhovsky. Years later, he transferred in absentia and returned to the ATO zone at the warehouse of the 30th mechanized brigade, where until the end of the summer he was the chief of staff and the first defender of the brigade commander. In 2016, he was appointed commander of the 58th detached motorized infantry brigade (Konotop).

    Having graduated from the university in 2017, from the beginning of the same year he served as a brigade near the Bakhmut highway. In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of colonel, after which he transferred the brigade to another commander and returned to the Defense University. Until now 2024, Mikhailo Drapatiy has become a fan of the operational grouping of the army “Kherson”.

    Oleksandr Pavlyuk – Commander of the Land Forces

    Olexandr Pavlyuk was born on the 20th sickle, 1970 near Novograd-Volinsky (formerly Zvyagel, Zhytomyr region). In 1991, the family graduated from the Kharkiv Guards Higher Tank Command School, and in 2004, from the National Defense Academy of Ukraine.

    Commanded a tank platoon from 1991 to 1993 at the German Hillersleben. Then he served at Novograd-Volinsky as a company commander, battalion and intercessor commander of the 30th mechanized brigade. In 2006-2007, he commanded the Ukrainian peacekeeping forces near Kosovo.

    Until 2010, he served as chief of staff of the 30th brigade, then for five years he was the commander of the 24th mechanized brigade near Yavorov (Lviv region). Having taken part in the fight against Russian aggression in 2014, its brigade liberated Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Siversk and Lisichansk, and also unblocked the Lugansk airport.

    From 2015 to 2020, he served in the operational command “Zakhid” of the Ground Forces ZSU, initially as chief of staff, and then as commander. In 2018, the rank of lieutenant general was removed. In 2020-2021, the Command of the Ground Forces was given credit for preparation. In 2021, he became the commander of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO). From the beginning of 2022, he became the head of the Kiev Regional Military Administration, after which he became the chief of staff of the Ground Forces and the intercessor of the commander, immediately responsible for the unification of the forces and defense of Kiev. In 2023, he became the intercessor of the Minister of Defense.

    By decree of 11 in 2024, Pavlyuk was appointed commander of the Ground Forces. The top commander and the lowest head of the ZSU, Oleksandr Sirsky, called his candidacy uncontested.

    “If the president asked me, who commanded the Ground Forces, there were no other candidates,” Sirsky said.

    Pavlyuk himself stated that he would inform the entire range of commands.

    “I am eagerly awaiting the development of the Ground Forces. Under the supervision of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the General Staff, we are doing everything possible to strengthen the Ground Forces help your neighbors,” he wrote to his Telegram.

    Yuriy Sodol – commander of the Joint Forces

    Yuriy Sodol was born on the 26th of 1970 near Chugueva (Kharkiv region) in the homeland of the Viyskovs. After secondary school in Mariupol, 1992 children graduated from the Sumy Higher Artillery Command School, and 2002 children graduated from the National Defense Academy of Ukraine with a specialty in combat combat and military operations management. drozdiliv (parts, united) of the Ground Forces.” Having received the qualification of an officer of the military department of the operational-tactical level.

    Photo: Commander of the United Nations forces Yuriy Sodol (armyinform.com.ua)

    Having served in the airborne forces since 2003. In one hour, there were 96 flights from a parachute. In 2007, he was appointed commander of the 25th airborne brigade.

    Since 2014, having taken part in the ATO, this brigade spent five months in active battles near Rubizhne, Yampol, seized the Donetsk airport and covered the exit of Ukrainian forces from Debaltseve. In 2015, Sodol graduated from the qualifications of an officer in the military department of the operational-strategic level and became the first intercessor of the commander of the Airborne Assault Forces. Then he changed his profile and in 2018 there was a series of appointments as commander of the Marine Corps, eliminating the rank of lieutenant general.

    Before being appointed commander of the Joint Forces of the ZSU, he was the commander of the operational-tactical group “Donetsk” (Vugledarsky directly).

    Igor Plakhuta – commander of the Territorial Defense Forces

    The public biography of Igor Plakhuta dates back to the mid-2000s, when he served as commander of the Okremo Presidential Brigade. In 2009, he was the commander of the 169th Naval Command Center “Desna”, and then the head of the Pivdennoye Territorial Command of the Internal Military Ministry of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

    In this village, the protesters were dispersed on the Maidan. Zokrema, in early 2013, comments to journalists explained that to clear Bankova Street and Lutheranska Street from the barricades, it took nearly 400 fighters of the Internal Affairs and Berkut, and the fierce security forces launched a great assault Maidan. On the other hand, participants in these protests point out that Plahuta was one of the poor who negotiated with the protesters.

    After the Revolution, the people retired and became the intercessor of the rector of the Institute of State Security Administration. In 2018-2019, he was the intercessor of the head of the Institute of Parole of KNU named after Taras Shevchenko.

    From the first days of the full-scale war, he was on the front line, having captured the position of the intercessor of the commander of the Special Operations Forces, as well as rik vikonovuv obov 'languages ​​of the intercessor commander of the operational-strategic grouping of troops “Khortytsia”.

    He was involved in the preparation of defense lines, fortification, daily operational lines and all-round defense of Kup'yansk. Having organized the preparation of reserves for operations on the front line, in these terms, the reserves were consolidated at Limansky and Soledarsky directly. By decree of the 11th of 2024, he was appointed commander of the Territorial Defense Forces.

    Igor Skibyuk – commander of the Air Assault Forces

    One of the fewest hired public soldiers from Sirsky’s team. Igor Skibiuk began his service in 1998 with the 80th Airborne Assault Brigade as a platoon commander, after which he served with the 95th Polish Brigade. Participant in peacekeeping missions, ATO and Joint Forces Operation.

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    Photo: Commander of the Airborne Assault Forces Igor Skibyuk (dshv.mil.gov.ua)

    Full-scale invasion The Russian Federation is present on the day, being the commander of the 80th air assault brigade of the DShV. After the low success of combat missions – the defense of important areas, the depletion of enemy units, the recuperation of populated areas – the Galician brigade was transferred to Donbas.

    For successful actions hour of the Kharkiv counter-offensive operation Skibyuk biv awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine. With the fall of leaves in 2022, the chief of staff, the defender of the commander of the DShV, was killed.

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