"The assessment board considered several candidates for the post of SOF commander. There were three of them. Ministry of Defense higher assessment board had two candidates to think over - one candidate could not be present due to health reasons and was not taken into account because of subjective assessment of his capabilities and prospects. There were two candidates: General Ihor Luniov and Serhii Kryvonos. The board chose the key candidate, Major General Luniov, who has already been appointed to the position by the minister," Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko said in an interview with Ukraine's Military TV.
Ihor Luniov has previously served as the first deputy commander of the High-Mobile Airborne Forces. He carried out the planning and management of high-mobile airborne troops during the liberation of Slaviansk, Kramatorsk, Debaltseve, Uhlehirsk, Zhdanivka, Nyzhnia Krynka. In October 2014, he commanded the group of forces defending the Donetsk airport.
The chief of the General Staff stressed the main goal for 2016 was the creation of a SOF training center.
"The command has already been set up, but there is still a lot of work for it to be done to be capable of managing and leading relevant military units," Muzhenko said.