Ukraine sacks a dozen top officials for corruption
Ministers accepted bribes to buy generators at inflated prices after grid strikes
Logistics taken for the army at prices two to three times higher
Kyiv, Kyiv on Tuesday announced the sacking of a dozen top officials in its biggest political move since the country’s first major war-related corruption scandal. Ukraine, long plagued by corruption, was surrounded by such cases even during the war. The decision to fire senior officials came after photos released by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau showed Vasyl Lozinski, the minister responsible for community and regional development, according to a report by the AFP news agency ( Vasyl Lozynskiy) shows money seized from his office. Lozinsky was fired after his arrest on suspicion of embezzlement.
Vasyl Lozinski, 36, was accused of accepting $400,000 in bribes to buy generators at inflated prices as the country grappled with power shortages following Russian attacks on its energy network. Presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolić said those sacked included governors and ministers from regions who had served in war zones. Podolic tweeted: “Everyone must understand their responsibility during the war”.
Kirylo Tymoshenko, a key aide who has worked with Zelensky since the 2019 elections, also announced his resignation. Posting a picture of himself with his handwritten resignation letter, Tymoshenko, 33, thanked the president for giving him the opportunity to do a good job every minute. Tymoshenko has been implicated in several scandals, including the alleged personal use last October of an SUV donated to Ukraine for humanitarian purposes. He was replaced by Oleksiy Kuleba, former head of the Kyiv region’s military administration.
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FIRST POST: January 25, 2023, 08:24 HST