Chaos inside the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense: Dismissals of officials and investigations on corruption


The Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has appointed three deputies as part of a reshuffle aimed at curbing accusations of corruption at the top levels of his ministry.

Bloomberg News reported that Reznikov, who earlier this month faced speculation that he would be removed from his post, is heading for damage limitation after officials under his command were arrested in an investigation into procurement violations and money theft.

Since then, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signaled his support for his top aide as the country prepares for an imminent Russian attack.

When making the appointments, which need approval by Zelensky and the Cabinet, Reznikov said, “We need a fresh eye, broad views, and the ability to integrate the potential of the state, business, and civil society”.

Ukrainian authorities have stepped up their anti-corruption efforts in recent weeks, in a show of force for Western donors providing money and weapons in the fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

Reznikov’s dismissal was apparently suspended last week after a prominent lawmaker in Zelensky’s party announced that he would replace him as the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence.

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