The Ukrainians at War Translated gave us their permission to use their translation of a recent interview by Mark Solonin of Ukrainian General Serhiy Kryvonos.

The translation was prepared by VolodyaTretyak.

General Kryvonos has served in the Ukrainian Army for over 32 years and is the creator of their Special Operations Forces. On March 12, 2019, Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos was appointed NSDC Deputy Secretary by then President Petro Poroshenko. In December 2020, Kryvonos was dismissed from this post by incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky.  The dismissal appears to have been motivated the public criticism of the Zelensky administration by Gen Kryvonos while still Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s security forces.

General Kryvonos stated this in a Facebook post on June 5th, 2021,

“Released from the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine…Was fired without a report card(adverse evaluation).
I wanted to serve the state, but I won’t and can’t serve. That’s why they(I) got fired. They say “there are no positions”. There are plenty of them though. Understand… team from the Office of the President.” Kryvonos went on to claim that his dismissal was over a refusal to “fawn” over the new leadership of the government.

When the invasion began in February of this year General Kryvonos was hunting for ammunition and went by car an airport looking to obtain some from the security services there. When he arrived he found a leaderless mixed bag of various units including airport guards and even a detachment of the Presidential Honor Guard. With the arrival of a group of volunteers formerly in the Ukraine Special Forces, General Krynonos(now a civilian) took over the successful defense of the Sikorsky International Airport inside the capital of Kyiv. It is about 7km from the Presidential Palace.

In certain places this interview contains commentary by SOFREP


Interviewer (I): Generally speaking, it appears to ordinary people that the military leadership of the country, roughly speaking, overslept the beginning of the war. Is that wrong or what?