Ukraine’s Zelensky announces ‘official reshuffles’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that several officials of various levels of government will be let go, he said in his evening video address to the nation.

“There are already decisions on reshuffles, some of them will come through today and some tomorrow, regarding managers of various levels in ministries and other central power structure, in regions, and the law enforcement system,” he said.

Deputy head of the presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko has confirmed that he is resigning. Ukrainska Pravda writes citing sources that head of the Kyiv region military administration Oleksii Kuleba is set to replace him. “I thank all Ukrainians for trusting our cause. Thank you to the Ukrainian Armed Forces for saving and protecting the country. Thank you to my wife and son. For understanding and support. It was an honour! See you soon,” Tymoshenko wrote.

Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko / Telegram

Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko / Telegram

Head of the Sumy, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson military administrations will also step down. The newspaper does not clarify the reasoning behind the reshuffle.

On 17 January, Oleksii Arestovych’s resignation as adviser to the Ukrainian president was tendered and accepted. Arestovych stepped down after he said when commenting on the recent Dnipro residential building tragedy that a Russian missile did land on the apartment block but after it was intercepted by a Ukrainian air-defence system. The Ukrainian General Staff denied this report: according to the military command, an X-22 missile which the current Ukrainian air-defence system cannot intercept struck the building. Arestovych then landed himself in hot water, while opposition members of the Ukrainian parliament started gathering signatures to get him removed from office.

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