In the biggest political shake-up since World War II, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zilenskiy fired several senior officials. He stated that he had to deal with internal problems that were causing damage to the country.
As Russia invaded Ukraine, Kyiv has become heavily dependent on Western support. The country is now seeking to join the European Union. This has given rise to the long-running battle against corruption in Ukraine.
After the arrest and deny of allegations by Defence Ministry of corruption, more than a dozen people were fired from their offices.
“All internal problems that could affect the functioning of the state are being addressed and will continue to be addressed.” Zelenskiy stated that this was fair and necessary in order to protect us. It helps us get closer to European institutions.”
He said in a video address: “We need strong States, and Ukraine will just be this,” promising additional appointments as well as unspecified steps.
The Democratic and Republican US legislators praised Kyiv for its quick actions against corruption and demanded that U.S. humanitarian aid and military aid be continued.
“The president can see and hear society,” He responds to a major public need – justice for all,” Mykhailo podolyak (a Zelenskiy senior adviser) tweeted.
The outgoing officials include five regional governors, four deputy ministers and a senior presidential office official.
Volodymyr Fezenko, a Kyiv-based analyst in politics, stated that although some changes had been planned for a while, they were triggered by negative headlines.
Reuters reported that Fesenko said to Reuters that there was both an intensification of the fight against corruption, and a reaction from the president…to criticisms in media.
Some announcements were related to corruption allegations while others were unrelated.
Zelenskiy’s office stated that it had accepted Kyrylo Tychenko’s resignation from his position as deputy head. He didn’t give any reasons.
Tymoshenko, a Zelenskiy campaign worker, held his position from 2019 supervising the regional and policy-making areas. Tymoshenko was criticized by local media for using flashy cars during the invasion. He said, however that the vehicles were rented.
Zelenskiy later announced that Tymoshenko would soon become the governor of Kyiv, Oleksiykuleba.
This was despite a long-standing freeze in domestic politics.
Vyacheslav Shapovalov was resigned as Deputy Defence Minister after a local media report said that the ministry had been accused of paying high prices for food supplies and evading liability. This is an old trick to make money for corrupt officials.
The ministry denied the allegations but stated that Shapovalov’s resignation as the army supply officer was a worthy act to maintain trust in the ministry.
Premier Denys Shmyhal told a cabinet meeting that Ukraine has made progress in its anti-corruption campaign. He said that it was “systemic, continuous work that is very significant for Ukraine and an essential part of integration to EU.”
Zelenskiy published Tuesday’s decrees, finalizing the dismissal of the governors from the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
Oleksiy Symonenko was fired as Deputy Prosecutor-General. Local media had criticized him for his time spent in Marbella with his family.
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