Several senior Ukrainian officials resign in the face of corruption allegations

Several senior Ukrainian officials resigned on Tuesday, as the defense ministry was shaken by a food procurement scandal and the presidency threatened tough anti-corruption measures.

The deputy minister in charge of the army’s logistical support, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, resigned, according to the defense ministry.

The resignation comes after the ministry was accused of signing inflated food contracts.

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While calling the accusations “unfounded and baseless”, the ministry said Shapovalov’s departure “will preserve the trust of society and international partners”.

The deputy head of the presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, was also among the officials who stepped down.

Tymoshenko said on social media he had submitted a resignation letter, thanking the president for the “trust and the opportunity to do good deeds every day and every minute”.

He posted a photo of himself holding a handwritten resignation letter but did not give reasons for the decision, which was confirmed in a presidential decree.

Tymoshenko was implicated in several scandals during his tenure, including in October last year when he was accused of using a car donated to Ukraine for humanitarian purposes.

Also on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General announced that deputy prosecutor general Oleksiy Symonenko was stepping down, without providing further details.

Symonenko was recently accused of spending a holiday in Spain and reportedly using a car belonging to a Ukrainian businessman.

 

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