Zelensky replaced the commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
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Seen on Telegram; reported at https://www.unian.ua/politics/zelenskiy-zminiv-komanduvacha-sil-teroboroni-zsu-novini-ukrajina-11827755.html but I don’t see it in the English language kyivpost.com or kyivindependent.com.
The Territorial Defense Force is the civilian branch of the Ukrainian military created last January 1.
From automatic translation:
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky replaced the commander of the Territorial Defense Forces The Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Thus, by Decree No. 336/2022 Yuri Galushkin was relieved of his post as commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
At the same time, Major General Igor Tantsyuru was appointed to this position by Decree No. 337/2022.
On February 24, the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine began deploying in wartime conditions.
On May 3, the Verkhovna Rada supported the draft law on providing territorial defense with the ability to perform tasks in areas of military (combat) operations (No. 6521). Teroborona will be able to perform tasks together with other groups of troops (forces) or/or groups of joint forces intended for conducting military (combat) operations, repelling armed aggression against Ukraine in the areas of military (combat) operations.
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But these are civilians from 18-60 in military operations, as authorized as of less than two weeks ago.
This was the guidelines when it was formed, from https://kyivindependent.com/national/who-can-and-cant-join-ukraines-new-territorial-defense-force/ .
It’s calling on all willing volunteers to join and help to defend their own homes as “weekend warriors” — working their usual civilian jobs but doing occasional drills and exercises in their spare time.
According to new legislation that enters force in 2022, pretty much anyone aged between 18 and 60 can enlist in the force, which expects to recruit 11,000 servicemembers across the country.
The territorial defense units, mostly consisting of light infantry, will perform auxiliary missions behind the lines of the regular military. According to the Armed Forces, this will be a full-fledged military organization rather than a paramilitary.
According to the National Resistance Act, these formations must ensure security and order behind the frontline, assist the Armed Forces in combat operations, guard key infrastructure facilities, and render assistance in combating hostile subversive activities in their local areas.
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