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A number of senior Ukraine officers resign amid corruption allegations

Activists burn flares and smoke bomb throughout a rally in entrance of the Excessive Anti-Corruption Courtroom constructing, in Kiev, on December 30, 2020.— AFP

KYIV: A number of senior Ukrainian officers introduced their resignations Tuesday because the defence ministry was shaken by a meals procurement scandal and the presidency warned of robust anti-graft measures.

The defence ministry introduced the resignation of a deputy minister, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, who was answerable for the military’s logistical help.

The resignation comes after the ministry was accused of signing meals contracts at inflated costs.

Whereas calling the accusations “unfounded and baseless”, the ministry stated Shapovalov’s departure “will protect the belief of society and worldwide companions”.

The deputy head of the presidential workplace, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, was additionally among the many officers who stepped down.

Tymoshenko stated on social media he had submitted a resignation letter, thanking the president for the “belief and the chance to do good deeds each day and each minute”.

He posted a photograph of himself holding a handwritten resignation letter however didn’t give causes for the choice, which was confirmed in a presidential decree.

Tymoshenko was implicated in a number of scandals throughout his tenure, together with in October final yr when he was accused of utilizing a automotive donated to Ukraine for humanitarian functions.

Additionally on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Workplace of the Prosecutor Common introduced that deputy prosecutor normal Oleksiy Symonenko was stepping down, with out offering additional particulars.

Symonenko was lately accused of spending a vacation in Spain and reportedly utilizing a automotive belonging to a Ukrainian businessman.

In his night deal with on Monday, President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced a ban on officers travelling overseas for functions not associated to work.

“In the event that they wish to relaxation now, they’ll relaxation exterior the civil service. Officers will not be capable of journey overseas for trip or for every other non-government function,” Zelensky stated.

The introduced shakeups come after a Ukrainian deputy minister of improvement of communities, territories and infrastructure was sacked over the weekend following his arrest on suspicion of embezzlement.

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