Volodymyr Zelensky dismisses several ministers in crackdown on war-time graft

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Ukraine’s leader has also banned civil servants from circumventing a ban on travel for military age men

Zelensky has been under pressure from Western governments to demonstrate progress on graft
Zelensky has been under pressure from Western governments to demonstrate progress on graft CREDIT: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday dismissed several ministers and banned top officials from travelling abroad in a dramatic crackdown on allegations of war-time graft.

Almost a dozen ministers and administration officials lost their jobs in the biggest government shake up since the start of the war, which followed a series of public scandals involving figures at the defence ministry and prominent members of Mr Zelensky’s team.

Ukraine has been under pressure from Western governments to demonstrate progress on graft as a condition of extensive foreign financial and military aid.

In a nightly address to the nation, Mr Zelensky said civil servants would no longer be allowed to circumvent a ban on travel for military age men.

Men of military age are barred from leaving the country under martial law but senior officials have previously been allowed to procure exemptions for official work.

“There are also personnel decisions,” he said, promising that “Ukraine will not show weakness. The state will not show weakness.”

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The government said six cabinet ministers and five regional governors had left their jobs by the end of the day.

They included Oleksiy Symonenko, the deputy prosecutor general whose winter holiday in Spain prompted the ban on official travel.

Oleksiy Symonenko, the deputy prosecutor general
Oleksiy Symonenko, the deputy prosecutor general

The most prominent head to roll was that of Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Mr Zelensky’s presidential office, who said on Tuesday morning that he had tendered his resignation but did not give a reason.

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Volodymyr Zelensky dismisses several ministers in crackdown on war-time graft

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