The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyannounced this Wednesday the dismissal of the heads of the customs service for a course abuse of powerand admitted that the situation on the military front due to the russian invasion “It’s getting worse and worse.”
Zelensky assured that the disciplinary procedures against some of those dismissed in the customs service.
“Unfortunately, in some spheres the only way to ensure legitimacy is by changing the bosses. together with the implementation of institutional changes”, affirmed the president, who added that the change is “necessary to ensure that people do not abuse power”.
The Security Service of Ukraine, the State Investigative Office, the Economic Security Office and the Prosecutor’s Office have carried out dozens of searches and other actions in different regions and against different persons within the framework of criminal proceedings open, Zelensky reported.
He explained that “the purity of the processes within the Ministry of Defence and the defense forces in general are especially important”, mentioning that any internal supply or acquisition “must be absolutely as clean and honest as the external supply for our defense”.
Those who interfere with that principle, he said, “will not remain in the relevant structures.”
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) later stated that it had discovered a embezzlement plot of over 1 billion dollars in the oil producer Ukrnafta and at the oil refinery Ukrtatnafta.
The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine He claimed in a statement that “wartime corruption is plunder” and that four current and former senior officials had received “suspicious notices”, along with Ukrtatnafta’s top leadership.
In his usual late-night speech, the Ukrainian president acknowledged that “there is a certain increase in the offensive actions of the occupiers at the front, in the east of our country. The situation is getting worse.”
The Russian army, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, is trying, according to Zelensky, “to gain at least something now to show on the anniversary of the invasion that Russia supposedly has some chance.”
On January 24, Zelensky decided to make changes in his cabinet and it prohibited senior government officials from leaving the country in a first measure with which, according to some local media, it intends to put an end to the corruption that has spread in the country.
“We have already made personnel decisions, some today, some tomorrow, regarding officials at various levels in ministries and other central government bodies, in the regions and in the law enforcement system,” the president stressed.
After his statements, the dismissal of one of the strong men of his Executive, the deputy head of the Presidential Office, Kyrylo Tymoshenkowho confirmed his resignation in a letter.
“I thank the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, for the trust and the opportunity to do good things every day and every minute,” Tymoshenko wrote on his Telegram account.
He also thanked “each head of the regional military administrations (for their support). You and I were able to build the most powerful team in the country. You are great. They are true warriors of the light!” she specified.
the local medium ZN assured that the Vice Minister of Defence, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, he also presented his resignation from office in the context of the open scandal in the country about the food purchase fraud for the Armed Forces.
Zelensky announced, on the other hand, that Ukrainian officials “will no longer be able to travel abroad for vacations or for any other non-governmental purpose”.
This measure “applies to all officials in the central government and various other levels of local government. It applies to law enforcement officers, people’s deputies, prosecutors and all those who are supposed to work for the state and in the state, ”he specified.
(With information from EFE)
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