Kiev fires a lot of its officers amid corruption scandals

Several deputy ministers in addition to heads of regional army administrations have been relieved of their duties

Multiple senior Ukrainian officers had been relieved of their duties by the nation’s authorities on Tuesday. The ongoing reshuffle was introduced by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in his each day video deal with and impacts officers “on different levels, in ministries and other bodies of central and provincial authority, and law enforcement.”

The authorities has dismissed deputy protection minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, deputy social coverage minister Vitaly Muzychenko, in addition to two deputies of the minister of regional improvement, Vyacheslav Negoda and Ivan Lukerya.

Shortly earlier than the federal government’s determination, Shapovalov himself introduced his resignation, which was swiftly accepted by his boss, Alexey Reznikov. The move has been prompted by an ongoing graft scandal throughout the ministry, which had allegedly been procuring meals for troops at abnormally excessive costs.

“Vyacheslav Shapovalov, who was in charge of the logistics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, asked to be dismissed so as not to pose a threat to a stable supply of the military as a result of a campaign of accusations related to food procurement,” the protection ministry mentioned in a press release, branding the allegations “unreasonable and baseless” and lauding Shapovalov’s resignation as an “honorable deed in line with traditions of European and democratic politics.”

According to a Ukrainian media investigation that emerged over the weekend, numerous foodstuffs for the army ended up costing a number of instances greater than the common costs provided by retailers. Reznikov has rejected the allegations, stating the paperwork cited within the investigation had been inaccurate and a few costs ended up inflated as a result of a “technical error.” The minister additionally rubbished the comparisons with client costs, insisting that army procurements embody prices that retail ones don’t.

Apart from the deputy ministers, the federal government has additionally dismissed a number of heads of regional army administrations, together with Aleksey Kuleba, the pinnacle of Kiev Region. According to experiences by some Ukrainian retailers, Kuleba is poised to exchange Zelensky’s deputy chief of employees, Kirill Timoshenko, who resigned earlier within the day.

Deputy Prosecutor General Aleksey Simonenko turned one other sufferer of the continued reshuffle, ending up dismissed on Tuesday as properly. The official turned embroiled in a public scandal earlier this month, after spending the New Year’s holidays in Spain. Apart from getting unhealthy publicity for enjoyable at a international resort in the course of the ongoing army battle with Russia, the official confronted allegations of corruption as he’d purportedly used the automotive of a rich businessman with a safety element employed by its proprietor in the course of the ill-fated journey.

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