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Ukraine’s Protection Minister On Chopping Block Over Military Contract Scandal



The destiny of Ukraine’s Protection Minister Oleksii Reznikov continues to be unclear, with Kiev sending blended alerts about his position in corruption scandals which in latest weeks has resulted in a number of high resignations. 

President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated Monday that no main personnel modifications within the protection sector will happen this week, regardless of the nation’s ruling political get together, Servant of the Folks, on Sunday issuing a press release saying Reznikov is being changed as protection minister.

Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov, through AP

Nevertheless, the assertion indicated Reznikov will nonetheless stay within the Zelensky authorities after elimination from the protection ministry. 

The Washington Publish on Monday detailed the confusion and conflicting alerts over Reznikov’s destiny in the next

Ukraine’s present army intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, is slated to switch Oleksii Reznikov as protection minister, David Arakhamia, chief of Zelensky’s get together in parliament and an in depth ally to the president, stated on his Telegram channel.

On Monday morning, nonetheless, Arakhamia posted one other message on Telegram saying no change would happen this week.

“We’re ready for the appointment of the heads of the Ministry of Inside Affairs and the Safety Service of Ukraine,” he wrote. “Personnel modifications within the subject of protection won’t happen this week.”

The protection ministry’s quantity two, deputy minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, was pressured to resign his put up in late January. Crucially, he had been answerable for the military’s logistical assist, and in that position was caught signing meals contracts at inflated costs. 

Shapovalov additionally had no small half in overseeing the billions of {dollars} flowing from the pockets of US and European taxpayers as licensed protection assist. He bought army rations at inflated costs in what seems a scheme to line the pockets of contractors, and doubtlessly involving kickbacks to himself. However Reznikov had tried to clarify away the scandal by calling it a mere “technical mistake”

Reznikov all through the battle has been favored in Western capitals, and has additionally made himself very pleasant to Western protection firms, at one level even calling his nation a “testing floor” for weapons producers. Most not too long ago, he is led the Zelensky authorities’s push for fighter jets, after securing foremost battle tanks upon the approval of Washington and Berlin. It may very well be his allies within the West do not need to see him go, regardless of the embarrassment of him as protection minister having overseen the military meals contract scandal.




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