June 24, 2024

Sodol was dismissed as commander of Joint Forces Command

Just a day after the Azov Brigade’s chief of staff called for an investigation of his actions.

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Lt. Gen. Yurii Sodol has been removed from his position as commander of the Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Brig. Gen. Andriy Hnatov will replace him.

Sodol was removed a day after Bohdan Krotevych, the chief of staff of the Azov Brigade, wrote a letter to the State Bureau calling for an investigation into an unnamed military general who reportedly caused more Ukrainian soldier deaths than any Russian general. It was later confirmed that this general was Lt. Gen. Sodol.

Sodol held two positions: the head of the Joint Forces Command and the commander of the Strategic Group Khortytsia. According to the decree published by Zelenskyy, he was dismissed only from the first one.

Who is Andriy Hnatov?

Brig. Gen. Andriy Hnatov graduated from the Kharkiv Institute of Tank Troops in 2001. He served as chief of staff of the 36th Marine Brigade from 2016 to 2018, and then as its commander from 2018 to 2021.

In 2022, he succeeded Gen. Dmitry Marchenko in the defense of Mykolaiv and later became one of the commanders responsible for the liberation of Kherson. In spring 2023, he commanded the defense of Bakhmut under the leadership of Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi.

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Why do you think the position of cmdr. of Joint Forces Command is less important the the cmdr. of a strategic group? It’s actually the other way around.


For a long time the JFC was an impotent structure. I think this could be an inertial perception of it’s inability to impact anything even now.
On the other hand, strat group Khortytsia encompasses Kharkiv, Lyman and entire Donbas. That is the structure where Syrskyi has been commanding until he became CinC.
Anyway, many ukrainians just wait not only to fire Sodol, but to send him to jail.


If Hnatov’s allegations are true, I don’t understand how Sodol could keep any command.
Bad generals are the best weapon of the ennemy. Good thing that the Russians don’t dismiss incompetent generals (since loyalty to Putin trumps anything else).


That’s not true. General Zhuravlevlev, Zavizion, Dvornikov and many others. Both sides of the conflict are actively adapting.