Zelensky proposes transferring appointment, dismissal of National Guard commander to president
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed transferring to the head of state the appointment and dismissal of the commander of the National Guard of Ukraine and removing it from the subordination of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine.
This is outlined in bill No. 1007, introduced by the head of state on August 29 to the Verkhovna Rada, amending certain laws of Ukraine on the activities of the National Guard, which the president defined as urgent.
Zelensky suggests amending the law on the National Guard by removing from it the words that it "is included in the system of the Interior Ministry." Relevant changes are also made to the law on the national security of Ukraine, under which the activities of the National Guard are now directed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers through the interior minister.
The president will appoint and dismiss the commander of the National Guard. Previously, he was appointed by the president at the recommendation of the interior minister and was dismissed by the president.
After the adoption of the law, the activities of the National Guard will be directed by the president of Ukraine through the commander of the National Guard, who directly runs the structure.
The president will make decisions on the redeployment, change of disposition and determining the areas of responsibly of operative-tactical units, military units and divisions of the National Guard.
The heads of the structural divisions of the main military command body of the National Guard and the military command bodies of operative-tactical divisions will be appointed upon coordination with the president and dismissed from their posts by the National Guard commander, not the interior minister. The commander will appoint and dismiss the heads of military units (divisions) of the National Guard.
The interior minister will no longer exercise military-political and administrative administration of the National Guard.