K. Tymoshenko thanked V. Zelenskiy for his trust and the opportunity to work for the country during the war on the news channel “Telegram” on Tuesday.
Tymoshenko has been criticized for driving a US SUV that was given to Ukraine by the General Motors car concern for rescuing people from combat zones and for humanitarian missions. The officer testified that his trips in this car were official.
According to the Ukrainian media, K. Tymoshenko was also criticized for exceeding his authority as a presidential administration official and engaging in political activities in the regions.
As Ukraine’s political leadership was rocked by a corruption scandal, Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov and Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenka also resigned, Reuters news agency reported.
As stated, V. Shapovalov resigned from the post himself, and O. Symonenka was allegedly dismissed, but also “of his own free will”. According to the report, V. Shapovalov, who until now was responsible for the provision of food and equipment to the army, left his position due to “media accusations” of corruption. At that time, the exact reason for O. Symonenko’s dismissal remains unclear.
A few days ago, reports appeared in the media accusing the Ministry of Defense of concluding a contract for the purchase of food products at several times higher than normal prices.
Not only that, the Deputy Minister of Municipalities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, Vasylis Losynskis, was recently arrested for allegedly taking a six-figure bribe.
Recently, when similar type of accusations have been poured against the country’s officials, President V. Zelenskis promised a strict reaction on Monday. Probably speaking about the corruption scandals that often plagued the country in the past, the president assured that “it will no longer be the same as it was in the past.”
On Tuesday, it was also reported that the governors of five regions – Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Sumy and Kherson – were dismissed from their positions.
This was reported by The Guardian, citing the Ukrainian state broadcaster Suspilne.
Two Deputy Ministers of Municipalities, Territories and Infrastructure Development are also retiring from their posts.
The European Commission (EC) has welcomed Ukraine’s latest investigation into recent corruption allegations against a number of the country’s government officials, but stressed that Kyiv “will have to make more progress” in the future.
Although the representative of the EC did not specifically mention the current wave of dismissals of high-ranking officials in Ukraine, she indicated that anti-corruption measures are an important condition for receiving financial support, as well as on the way to membership in the European Union (EU).
The spokeswoman added that the Commission is currently in close contact with Kyiv to ensure that the funds sent to the country are properly used.
Despite recent events and a critical report by the European Court of Auditors on corruption in Ukraine, the EC stood up to defend Kyiv’s progress so far in the fight against the shadow.