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Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff is among the Ukrainian officials who have lost their jobs

After the head of state promised to shake up the government, Kirill Tymoshenko resigned from the post of deputy head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The changes, announced by the president in his daily video address Tuesday morning, will affect officials “at various levels, ministries and other central and provincial government agencies and law enforcement agencies.”

Tymoshenko is the highest-ranking official to be impeached so far. He posted his signed resignation letter in a farewell letter on social media.

Some Ukrainian media reported that Oleksiy Kuleba, the head of the administration of the Kyiv region, will replace him, and that Tymoshenko may lead the provincial administration.

Another high-ranking official who is about to leave is Alexey Simonenko, Deputy Prosecutor General. Earlier this month, he caused outrage in Spain by hosting New Year’s celebrations.

In addition to the bad optics of a vacation in a foreign wartime resort, the trip raised suspicions of corruption, since Simonenko used the car of a wealthy businessman and had a security guard working for him. with the car owner.

Following the incident, Ukraine’s National Security Council issued an order banning officials from crossing the national border unless they are on public duty.

Simonenko’s resignation was officially confirmed by Zelensky’s office on the same day.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov was released on Monday after Ukraine’s parliament refused to take action against him over a corruption scandal.

In a media investigation on Saturday, the ministry announced that it had bought hundreds of millions of dollars worth of food for the troops at prices many times higher than in Ukrainian stores.

Reznikov told deputies that the documents cited in the investigation were incorrect and that some prices were inflated. “technical error”. Other items include costs that are not legally included in retail prices, he said, making the comparison invalid.

Some parliamentarians accepted the minister’s comments, but Ukraine’s anti-corruption body NABU continues to investigate corruption allegations.

Last week, NABU indicted Andrey Kobolev, former CEO of Naftogaz state energy company. In 2018, he awarded himself $10 million for his success in the legal battle with Russia’s Gazprom.

NABU believes that Kobolev exaggerated the financial benefits he and other executives received for Ukrainian society, and as a result received unreasonably high compensation.

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