February 4, 2023

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Deputy Minister sacked: Zelenskyj wants to take strong action against corruption

Deputy Minister sacked
Zelenskyj wants to take strong action against corruption

As in many countries of the former Soviet Union, corruption is a widespread problem in Ukraine. President Zelenskyj now wants to focus more on the issue. He is announcing decisions to fight corruption in the state in the coming weeks.

Following the corruption scandals in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has announced more decisive action against misconduct in the state apparatus. “Society will receive all the information, and the government will take the necessary powerful measures,” Zelenskyy said in his evening video message distributed in Kyiv. Among other things, he announced that the detained Deputy Minister for Urban, Regional and Infrastructure Development, Vasyl Loczynski, had been released.

According to media reports, Losynskyj allegedly received 400,000 US dollars, about 368,000 euros, in bribes to buy generators to deal with the country’s energy crisis. Along with his video message, Zelensky also responded to media reports about overpriced food for soldiers. The price is said to be three times higher than retail. Here too the government employees are said to have enriched themselves. According to official reports, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov is to be questioned before the parliament in Kyiv.

Corruption is a widespread problem in Ukraine, as in many countries of the former Soviet Union, which is why there are repeated fears that aid money from the West will flow out through opaque channels. Many citizens believe that the country’s leadership enriches itself with financial aid during humanitarian aid. Zelenskyi announced decisions for the coming week, which have already been made but have not yet been published, to fight corruption and enrichment in office.

“I am grateful to journalists who deal with facts and create the whole picture,” he revealed. Zelenskyj explained that the main focus is on defending the country in the war against Russia. However, he knows that these cases are being discussed in society. Action should be taken for justice.

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