Russia and Ukraine: A senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy resigns
- Phelan Chatterjee
- BBC News
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has tendered his resignation ahead of an expected government reshuffle.
Tymoshenko, acting as deputy head of the President’s Office, thanked Zelenskyy for “giving him an opportunity to do good deeds every day, every minute.”
Tymoshenko has been embroiled in scandals related to his use of expensive cars, although he denies any wrongdoing.
Zelenskyy indicated that more high-ranking officials will leave his government in the coming days.
The Ukrainian leader said he is making a number of changes involving government officials, regional authorities and security agencies.
Local media reported that the resignation of Tymoshenko, who oversaw regional politics and previously worked on Zelenskyy’s election campaign, could be part of the presidential changes.
However, the reorganization comes in light of a campaign to fight corruption in Ukraine, an issue that is one of the main demands of the European Union should the country wish to proceed with its bid to join the bloc.
Authorities also barred all state officials from leaving Ukraine except for approved business trips.
On Monday, police fired Vasyl Lozinsky, Ukraine’s Deputy Infrastructure Minister, and arrested him on charges of taking a $400,000 bribe, although he denied the charges.
Ukraine suffers from a history of corruption and was ranked 122 out of 180 on Transparency International’s list of corrupt countries in 2021.
Zelenskyy vowed in a speech on Sunday “not to go back to the way things were in the past and how different people lived near state institutions”.
David Arakhamia, leader of Zelenskyi’s Servant of the People party, also promised the corrupt officials could face jail time.
In a statement on Telegram, he said: “Officials at all levels have been constantly warned through official and unofficial channels: focus on the war, help the victims, reduce bureaucracy and stop doing shady deals. Many of them listened, but unfortunately some didn’t t.” .
He added: “If the work is not done in a civilized manner, it will be done under the laws of wartime. That goes for both the recent generator purchases and the new scandals at the Department of Defense.”
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has recently come under fire after media reports said his ministry had signed a contract to buy food for the army at inflated prices, and Reznikov said those prices were a “technical error”.
According to a report in the Ukrainian newspaper Ukranska Pravda, the heads of the four regional administrations of Sumy, Dnipro, Zaporizhia and Kherson could join because of their ties to the resigned presidential adviser Tymoshenko.
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