Former scandalous Ukrainian Defense Forces spokesperson appointed to Operational Command South

Natalia Humeniuk
Natalia Humeniuk

Former Ukrainian Southern Defense Forces’ spokesperson, Colonel Natalia Humeniuk, has been appointed to Southern Operational Command, she said in a comment to Detector Media on June 5.

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“I am now the deputy head of Communications Department of Operational Command South,” said Humeniuk.

“My responsibilities include everything related to communication of the Southern Command.”

She did not name the date of her appointment, but clarified that it was new for her.

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According to Humenyuk, there is a difference between the Southern Defense Forces and the Southern Operational Command, as the latter is a relatively new structure created as part of the reform of communications in the Armed Forces.

“Its main vocation is to improve communications with the conclusions that have been drawn since the beginning of the full-scale invasion,” colonel noted.

Dismissal of Natalia Humeniuk

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on April 19 dismissed Colonel Natalia Humeniuk from Center for Strategic Communications of the Southern Defense ForcesDmytro Pletenchuk was appointed instead.

Almost hundred journalists and media representatives appealed to military leadership to replace head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of Southern Defense Forces, Colonel Natalia Humenyuk, because of “ban on covering Russian war crimes in her area of responsibility,” on April 16.

Journalists noted that they were denied entry to Kherson Oblast on day of Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant explosion. They added that “world media was flooded with references to testimony of Russian ‘military correspondents’, because there was almost no information from free press.”

In response, Humeniuk said that the media statement “stated facts without any evidence.”

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