President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, during a working trip to Zmiyiny Island, introduced the newly appointed commanders of the Air Force and Airborne Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the presidential press service said.
"By my decrees, they have been appointed to the following positions: Commander of the Air Force, Major General Mykola Oleschuk, Commander of the Airborne Assault Forces, Colonel Maksym Myrhorodsky," the president said.
The relevant personnel decrees dated August 9 on the dismissal of Serhiy Drozdov from the post of Commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the appointment of Oleschuk to this position, as well as on the appointment of Myrhorodsky as the commander of the Air Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were released on the presidential website.
As the press service said, Colonel Myrhorodsky was previously the commander of the 95th separate airborne assault brigade. He is also the first participant in the war in eastern Ukraine to become a full Knight of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky.
"I also agreed, and by order of the Minister of Defense they were appointed to the following positions: commander of the operational command Pivden (South) Major General Andriy Kovalchuk, commander of the operational command Skhid (East) Major General Oleh Mikats, commander of the operational command Zakhid (West) Colonel Serhiy Lytvynov, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Colonel Volodymyr Koval. These are experienced officers, and, most importantly, what is our approach now, they all have combat experience," the president said.
In particular, Major General Andriy Kovalchuk holds the title of Hero of Ukraine. During active battles in Donbas, he commanded the 80th airmobile brigade. Member of the defense of Luhansk airport. Wounded twice. He was awarded two Orders of Bohdan Khmelnytsky.
Major General Oleh Mikats has been in charge of the defense of Donetsk airport since September 2014, and is considered one of the key commanders in these battles.
Colonel Serhiy Lytvynov for his personal contribution to strengthening the defense capability of Ukraine, courage and dedication shown during hostilities, high professionalism and exemplary performance of official duties was awarded the Order of Courage, third degree.
"I know that each of them at his post will do everything that depends on him to protect our Motherland," the president said.