Generally, this is why Nuland flew to Kiev a few days back.
General Valery Zaluzhny, who has led the Ukrainian Armed Forces throughout the conflict with Russia, was relieved of his post on Thursday. The move comes days after President Vladimir Zelensky hinted at the dismissal in an interview, causing public backlash. Defense Minister Rustem Umerov made the announcement on Facebook, crediting Zaluzhny for having carried out “one of the most difficult tasks” by leading the military against Russia. “But the war doesn’t remain the same. War is changing and demands change. Combat in 2022, 2023 and 2024 are three different realities; 2024 will bring new changes that we must be prepared for. New approaches, new strategies are needed,” Umerov wrote. “Today, the decision on the necessity of changing the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was adopted,” he added.
Umerov, obviously, wouldn't know how "war is changing", but the appointment of the butcher of own troops, especially in Bakhmut, Syrsky will only accelerate a catastrophic state of the remnants of VSU, which are now being mauled along the whole length of the front and the whole fortified area of Avdeevka being split effectively in two cauldrons. It is also too late for VSU to settle into "strategic defense" because one should understand what strategic defense is in terms of its depth and it is certainly not the line of fortified areas, largely broken through, which VSU and NATO built prior to SMO. They are trying to copy Stavitsky Line but all in vain. All in all--makes no difference whatsoever for already clearly visible outcome.
As WaPo "suddenly" discovered: