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Zelenskiy promises to swiftly confront Ukraine corruption

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zaleskiy stated on Sunday, 22 January that corruption is a serious problem in Ukraine. He also said that it will not be tolerated. He also said that he would take important decisions this week to eliminate corruption.

Zelenskiy’s promises were made amid corruption allegations at high levels, including a report that suggested dubious practices regarding military procurement. This was despite officials encouraging national unity in the face of the invasion.

Zelenskiy declared in his nightly video address that there will be no going back to the past or the way people used to live near state institutions or tried to find a chair for their entire lives.

A long history of corruption and poor governance in Ukraine has been a problem. Transparency International placed Ukraine’s corruption at number 122 among 180 countries. This ranking is close to Russia for 2021.


After granting Kyiv the candidate statuslast Jan, the EU made anticorruption reforms a requirement for Ukraine’s membership.

Zelenskiy said that this week would be the right time to take appropriate decisions. The decisions have been made. They are not public but I will ensure they are fair.

2019 saw Zelenskiy win a clear majority on the promise to reform the governance of the ex-Soviet government. Zelenskiy admitted that his government had accepted the resignation of a deputy Minister after an investigation into claims that he took a bribe.


Even though he didn’t identify the official in question, news reports state that Vasyl Lozinskiy has been taken into custody for receiving a bribe.

A newspaper reported that Oleksiy Resnikov, the defense minister, had allegedly purchased food at very high prices. This renewed focus on corruption also included Oleksiy Reznikov.

Reznikov’s ministry called these allegations “false”, so a parliamentary panel was requested to investigate.

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