After the media revealed purchases of supplies for the army at allegedly inflated prices, several senior Ukrainian officials announced their resignation on Tuesday, authorities said.
Among the officials who have resigned are Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, who is responsible for the logistic support of the armed forces, Deputy Director of the Presidential Administration Kirillo Tymoshenko, and Deputy Attorney General Oleksiy Simonenko.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister
responsible for supplying troops with food and equipment, resigned this morning over allegations of “corruption”, which he and the ministry say are unfounded.
A statement on the Defense Ministry website said Vyacheslav Shapovalov’s resignation was a “dignified act” that would help maintain confidence in the ministry.
Removal of the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine
In the same context, the agency reported that Ukraine’s Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Simonenko had been removed from his post, according to a statement from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine.
The statement announcing his dismissal does not give any reason for the decision, but says it was made “at his request.”
For his part, the correspondent for Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath said that the Ukrainian president did not announce the names of the resigned state leaders. He added that the conversation is about dismissals, not resignations, of Ukrainian officials in the context of corruption cases.
Local media reported that cases of aid corruption were behind the resignation of several Ukrainian officials.
This came a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s remarks in which he confirmed changes in top government officials and regions.
The Ukrainian president had previously vowed to fight corruption at all levels amid a spate of bribery allegations and suspicious practices.
Zelensky’s pledge came amid high-level corruption allegations, including a report on questionable military procurement methods.
Dismissal of the Vice Minister of Municipal Development
Notably, the Ukrainian government dismissed Deputy Municipal Development Minister Vasyl Lozinkich on Sunday on suspicion of accepting a bribe, while the Defense Ministry announced the opening of an investigation into allegations of concluding contracts at inflated prices. for food products intended for the armed forces.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry denied entering into contracts with inflated prices for food products intended for the military, rejecting any allegations of corruption.
The refusal followed local media reports accusing the Defense Ministry of entering into contracts at prices “two to three times higher” than market prices for basic food products.