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The President of Ukraine fired a senior official, determined to meet the criteria for joining the EU

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in Kiev on March 12, 2022. Photo: AFP/VNA

According to Reuters news agency, in the past few weeks, the Ukrainian leader has dismissed dozens of officials and opened investigations into misconduct. The European Union (EU) said tackling corruption is one of the requirements for Ukraine to join the 27-member bloc.

Specifically, on February 11, President Zelensky fired Deputy Commander of the National Guard Ruslan Dziuba. The executive order issued by the president’s office did not give any detailed reasons for the move.

In his daily video speech, President Zelensky also made no mention of the decision to fire Dziuba.

However, he stressed the need to “purify” the defense ministry in particular. President Zelensky said he met with industry and law enforcement officials to discuss options for protecting the units from what he called an external or internal attempt to reduce efficiency and efficiency.

On February 9, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that in the last year, hundreds of officials from the ministry and the armed forces have been disciplined after internal checks and insisted he has zero tolerance for with corruption.

Earlier, it was reported that Ukraine was preparing to replace Defense Minister Reznikov as part of a major wartime reshuffle. However, soon after, the information was denied by the adviser of the President of Ukraine.

Although Minister Reznikov has not been publicly implicated in any of the scandals, one of his deputies and several other officials involved had previously resigned. Prosecutors also announced an investigation into allegations that in a defense department contract the department overpaid for military food.

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