Corruption rampant in Zelensky cabinet

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A string of resignations, dismissals and reassignments shook Ukraine’s government Monday and Tuesday, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other leaders of the government confirmed the shakeup of high-level positions.

A liaison for Ukraine’s Cabinet informed the country’s parliament that it had dismissed six deputy ministers and five regional administrators for undisclosed reasons.

During his nightly address Monday, Zelenskyy said “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.”

Deputy Defense Minister Viacheslav Shapovalov submitted a hand-written resignation note a day after a news report accused his office of corruption. The report accused Shapovalov of using ministry funds to purchase food and tactical winter clothing at above-market rates, a claim Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov disputes.


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