During the visit of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Kyiv, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi spoke about the conflict with Bankova Street and said that he was being "interfered with." This is stated in an article by Ukrayinska Pravda.
"Austin later told us that Zaluzhnyi complained that he was being interfered with, that the Office is not like this, that one is not like that, the other is not like that. Well, it's clear that the president found out about such conversations. And they do not promote trust," the source said.
According to UP, Austin's visit was an additional catalyst for tension between the military and political leadership.
"There is an impression that after Austin's arrival, Zelensky came closer to a decision on Zaluzhnyi's replacement. On the contrary, quarrels have disappeared at the Stavka and jokes have begun, but this is a very cold and caustic kind of humor. The president asks, "Are we making a heroic advance - have we retreated 200 meters?" and Valera is angrily silent," one of the members of the Stavka told the publication.
According to sources, the President's Office is considering Zaluzhnyi's resignation, but believes that it will help his political career. That is why part of Zelensky's team is categorically against it.
Lloyd Austin was also told that the Armed Forces needed 17 million shells, and that the de-occupation of the entire territory of Ukraine required $350-400 billion worth of forces and means.
"Austin was told about the need for 17 million shells. He was surprised, to put it mildly, because it is impossible to collect so many shells all over the world," said one of the Defense Forces officials.