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    Polish president appoints new commander of armed forces

    President Andrzej Duda has selected General Wiesław Kukuła, formerly leading the Polish Territorial Defence Force (WOT), to serve as the new commander of the Polish Military.

    General Kukuła to replace General Jarosław Mika.

    President Duda also appointed General Maciej Klisz as the new commander of Poland’s Territorial Defence Force (WOT), a post vacated by Kukuła at the end of 2022.

    President Duda declared that the Polish military needed to be properly outfitted, skilled, effective, robust, and systematically ordered to “discourage any possible invader.”

    “This is a huge task which is now being implemented and whose implementation must never stop,” Duda said.

    The two newly-appointed commanders will assume their duties on Tuesday, February 7.

    Klisz was Kukuła’s former second-in-command and has been WOT’s acting commander since Kukuła’s departure.

    Kukuła commanded the WOT force from 2016. In earlier years he served with Polish units in Iraq and commanded a special forces unit.


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