More than a dozen senior officials have been fired or dismissed in huge turmoil in Ukraine as the country continues its long-running war against Ukraine. Corruption.
The action has grown in importance since Russia’s invasion of the country, which means President Volodymyr Zelensky is heavily dependent on Western support and has put an end to his country’s ambitions to join international organizations outside Vladimir Putin’s sphere of influence. has been clarified.
What is background?
Zelensky was elected in 2019 on an anti-incumbency and anti-corruption platform in a country where the issues are decades old. Corruption is commonly referred to as “corruption”.
The new allegations come as Western allies are spending billions of pounds to help Kyiv fight against Moscow, and Zelensky has dismissed allegations that the support is feeding Ukraine’s corruption addiction. Officials in several countries, including the US, have called for greater accountability for aid.
ukraine He sacked more than a dozen senior officials, including governors of several key battlefield provinces, in the biggest blow to his wartime leadership since Russia’s invasion.
The shake-up even reached Zelensky’s office.
Its deputy chief, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, prominent for his frequent battlefield updates, has stepped down. The AP reported that Tymoshenko has been asked to be relieved of her duties. The reason for the resignation was not even mentioned. Tymoshenko joined the presidential office in 2019, after working on Zelensky’s media and creative content strategy during his presidential campaign.
He was under investigation related to his personal use of luxury cars and in September was among officials linked to the embezzlement of more than $7 million (£5.7 million) in humanitarian aid by an investigator working with Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau. there was one. He has denied all the allegations.
Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov also resigned, with local media reporting that his departure was linked to a scandal involving the procurement of food for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Simonenko also resigned.
Overall, four deputy ministers and five regional governors were set to leave their posts. Officials did not announce any criminal charges against the outgoing officers. There was no immediate explanation.
On Sunday, Vasyl Lozinsky, a deputy minister of the infrastructure ministry, was fired for allegedly being part of a network that embezzled budget funds. Lozinsky has been relieved of his duties by Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency after being detained for receiving a $400,000 (£324,000) bribe to help fix contracts related to restoring facilities hit by Russian missile strikes went.
What is Ukraine trying to do?
The zero-tolerance approach is set against fears that corruption allegations could jeopardize Ukraine’s efforts to join the European Union and the Western military alliance, NATO. Ukraine’s leadership also wants to quash any scandal that could play a role in Moscow’s political attacks on Kyiv.
Last June, the European Union agreed to move Ukraine toward membership in the bloc. To join, countries must meet economic and political conditions, including a commitment to the rule of law and other democratic principles.
Ukraine has also long been interested in joining NATO. But military alliances have been uninviting partly because of the country’s disputed borders, shortcomings in the defense establishment and partly because of corruption issues.
What does this mean for war?
The departures thinned the government as Zelensky had already lost his interior minister and others leading the ministry in a helicopter crash last week.
But in his nightly video address on Sunday, Zelensky was unimpressed about the need to tackle corruption even in the face of Russian aggression. “I want to be clear: there will be no return to what used to be in the past,” Zelensky said.
“The President sees and hears the society. And he directly responds to a key public demand – justice for all,” Mykhailo Podolić, a senior adviser to Zelensky, wrote on Twitter.
It comes as Germany has decided to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine and has allowed other countries – such as Poland – to do the same, ending a stumbling block over the much-anticipated armored vehicles, and ongoing Underlines Western support.
With reporting from AP and Reuters.
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