24 Jan 2023 2:59 pm
On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy announced personnel decisions about officials in ministries and other central government bodies. Then on Tuesday there was a mass dismissal of ministers and heads of regions in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy signed a decree on Monday evening banning Ukrainian officials from going abroad on vacation. The officials concerned are currently only allowed to leave Ukraine for business trips. This was announced by the Ukrainian head of state in his video message on Telegram on Monday evening.
According to Zelensky, these are all officials of the central government and other levels of local authorities who “have to work for the state and in the state”. He also announced personnel decisions to take place in Ukraine on Monday.
“We have already made — some today, some tomorrow — staffing decisions on officers at various levels in departments and other central government agencies, in the territories and in the law enforcement system.”
Zelensky signed a decree dismissing Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Kirill Tymoshenko on Tuesday. Deputy Minister of Development of Municipalities and Territories of Ukraine Vyacheslav Negoda also announced his dismissal. Ivan Lukerya, Deputy Minister for Municipal and Territory Development, has also resigned. Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Shapovalov and Deputy Minister of Social Policy Vitaly Musychenko were also dismissed. In addition, Alexei Simonenko resigned from his post as Deputy Prosecutor General.
The Russian newspaper Kommersant reports that Simonenko resigned after the scandal because of his vacation abroad. He was away for ten days to celebrate the New Year with his family in Marbella.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine also supported the dismissal of the heads of the Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kyiv, Sumy and Kherson regions. Accordingly, Valentin Resnichenko, Alexander Staruch, Alexei Kuleba, Dmitry Zhivitsky and Yaroslav Yanushevich are to be released. This was also confirmed by the head of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers Oleg Nemchinov on his Telegram channel.
Shapovalov has resigned amid a corruption scandal over the purchase of products for Ukraine’s armed forces, the Russian news agency reports TASS. The Ukrainian military is said to have bought food for the soldiers at double or triple the price. It is said to be about the agreement on catering services for military units stationed in Zhitomir, Kyiv, Poltava, Sumy, Cherkasy and Chernigov oblasts. The deal is valued at more than $350 million.
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