Ukrainians show unease over possible dismissal of top commander

Some Ukrainians are voicing their concern over the possible dismissal of the country's top military commander, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi.

In an interview with Italian public broadcaster RAI on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed media reports that he may remove the commander-in-chief from the post.

He said a reset of Ukraine's leadership is necessary, adding that the shakeup could involve a number of state leaders and not be limited to the military.

Reports said the top military commander and the president have repeatedly been at odds over how to fight against Russia and other issues.

Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said in a social media post that thanks to the general's leadership, many Ukrainians truly trust the armed forces. He expressed concern that politics might prevail over reason and the country's interests. Klitschko urged the government to consider how crucial the dismissal and what its responsibility could be.

Reuters news agency spoke to soldiers on the battle frontline in the eastern Donetsk region. A unit commander said the dismissal would not be appropriate now. Another commander said that if the government wants to change someone, "these changes should only make things better, and not worse."

Zaluzhnyi is hugely popular among Ukrainians. An opinion poll released last December showed that 88 percent said they trust him, compared to 62 percent who said they trust the president.