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Date: 14 February 2023 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński
Zelensky Announces Personnel Changes Within Law Enforcement Agencies
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a new series of personnel reshuffles. The Ukrainian leader learned a lesson from earlier mishaps while seeking to tackle corruption – as fighting corruption is one condition set by Ukraine’s Western allies. In addition, Ukrainian media outlets seemingly ended a grace period for authorities after the country had been invaded by Russia.
Ukraine’s parliament on February 7 confirmed the appointment of Ihor Klymenko as the country’s new interior minister. Klymenko was serving as the acting interior minister since January 18, when his predecessor Denys Monastyrskyi was killed in a helicopter crash in the Kyiv region. Klymenko intends to continue the policy of his predecessor. Lawmakers in the Verkhovna Rada also approved Vasyl Malyuk as the new head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Malyuk was serving as the acting SBU head since last July when President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Ivan Bakanov as the agency’s chief as the latter performed poorly shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Malyuk was made the new SBU chief with 324 votes in favor while Two parties––European Solidarity and Goals––abstained from voting. Zelensky touted Malyuk’s effort in a speech, praising his work as an acting head of Ukraine’s security agency since last July. A total of 321 deputies voted in support of Klymenko’s appointment. Poroshenko’s European Solidarity also abstained from voting. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed decrees appointing heads of Oblast Military Administrations in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts. On January 24, the Ukrainian leader dismissed the heads of these administrations. The new governors all worked for law enforcement agencies. Serhiy Lysak, the new chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, is an employee of the Security Service of Ukraine. Yuriy Malashko is the acting head of the anti-terrorist center under the Security Service of Ukraine. Oleksandr Prokudin, who now chairs Kherson Oblast, worked in law enforcement agencies. There will be more changes among lower-level administration officials. Ukraine’s newly appointed interior minister announced several changes within the ministry. A new series of personnel shake-up will be expected within the SBU, too.
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