Senior Ukrainian officials resign amid crackdown on corruption

A number of senior Ukrainian officials, including the deputy defense minister and deputy head of the presidential office, have announced their resignations amid a damaging corruption scandal.

President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of tough anti-graft measures as rigging in top positions was reported in Ukraine over the weekend, causing illegal payments to deputy ministers and inflated military contracts.

Five regional governors and four deputy ministers left their posts, including the governors of Zaporizhia, Kherson, and the capital Kyiv.

One of the first to resign was the deputy head of the President’s Office, Kirillo Tymoshenko. He supervised regional politics and worked on the election campaign of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Tymoshenko has been criticized by the media for allegedly using an expensive car that was donated to Ukraine for use in humanitarian purposes.

Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov also resigned after allegations that he oversaw the purchase of food for soldiers at inflated prices.

Tackling rampant corruption was one of Zelensky’s campaign promises ahead of his landslide victory in the country’s 2019 elections.

He announced on Monday that he would make changes to the government and security services as part of a new crackdown.

A parliamentary committee also agreed to tighten procurement regulations and announce some prices in times of conflict.

For more, watch the Euronews report in the video above.

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