President Zelensky shakes up Ukraine’s cabinet amid corruption allegations: NPR

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky remembers the victims of the helicopter crash during a farewell ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, January 21, 2023.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky remembers the victims of the helicopter crash during a farewell ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, January 21, 2023.

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Kyiv, Ukraine — A series of resignations, firings and reassignments rocked the Ukrainian government on Monday and Tuesday, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and other government leaders confirmed reshuffles of top officials.

Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov submitted a handwritten letter of resignation a day after news reports accused his office of corruption. The report accuses Shapovalov of using ministry funds to buy food and winter tactical clothing at higher than market prices, which Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov opposes.

“Although the accusations are baseless and baseless, Vyacheslav Shapovalov’s request for resignation shows that, in accordance with the tradition of European and democratic politics, the interests of defense are higher than any ministerial position. “, Reznikov wrote in the order confirming his resignation.

In addition, on Monday evening, Zelensky’s top aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko also submitted a handwritten letter of resignation to the president. Zelensky confirmed Tymoshenko’s dismissal on Tuesday morning.

As the war raged, Tymoshenko formed a group of young Zelenskyi advisers who gained celebrity status in Ukraine, frequently posting on social media and making upbeat television appearances. Tymoshenko has been the government’s main coordinator for infrastructure reconstruction and managing civilian humanitarian efforts since Russia stepped up airstrikes on Ukraine’s utility lines in October.

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