Kyiv–Agencies: The Ukrainian government announced yesterday the dismissal of five regional governors and four assistant ministers from their posts, after a disclosure Corruption scandal related to army equipment.
And the representative of the government in parliament, Taras Melnichuk, announced that the governors of the Dnipropetrovsk regions (center), Valentin Reznichenko, and Zaporizhia (south) ) Oleksandr Starukh, Sumy (North) Dmytro Jivitskyi, Kherson (South) Iaroslav Yanushevich, and the capital Kyiv Oleksey Kuleba They will leave their positions.
Several media outlets accused Reznichenko in November of awarding tens of millions of euros worth of road repair contracts to a group It was co-founded by his girlfriend who is a fitness trainer.
According to press reports, this man and his counterparts from Sumy, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions are subject to judicial investigations. Kuleba’s dismissal with his next appointment to the Presidential Administration.
In addition, the government dismissed Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, whose resignation was announced earlier yesterday, and Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov. Minister of Social Policy Vitaly Muzychenko and two deputy ministers for regional development, Ivan Lukeria and Vyacheslav Negoda.
Anatoly Ivankevich and Viktor Vishnyov, deputy chiefs of the Ukrainian River and Sea Transport Service, were also removed from their posts.
The successive dismissals and resignations come after media outlets revealed a contract for the year 2023 regarding food products for the army, at a price Exaggerated. This is the first corruption scandal exposed in the Ministry of Defense since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. --
Corruption scandals were common in Ukraine before the Russian military operation in that country. -
On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky spoke of “decisions regarding personnel” in connection with the scandal.
The case comes at a time when Kyiv is calling its Western allies for hundreds of modern tanks and other weapons to confront Moscow, in When their military and financial support is of crucial importance.
Yesterday, a German government spokesman announced that Berlin would study “with the necessary speed” Warsaw’s request for permission By sending 14 German-made Leopard 2 heavy tanks to Kyiv.
The spokesman said, “We have received the request. We will process it as quickly as necessary, according to the specified mechanism.”
The Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak announced yesterday that he had requested Berlin’s approval to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, where Russian forces continue to announce progress on the ground. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been under increasing pressure for days to give his consent to NATO member states Those wishing to do so, to send tanks to Kyiv, but he is still reluctant to agree so far. Poland and Finland proposed sending their own Leopard tanks, but re-exporting them required Berlin’s approval. “I hope the Germans respond quickly this time,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the press. Because the Germans are delaying, procrastinating and behaving in a way that is difficult to understand.”