On January 24, personnel changes took place in Ukraine – many officials were fired, including the chairmen of the OVA. The United States will continue to support our government in implementing important anti-corruption reforms.
This was stated by the representative of the US State Department, Ned Price. According to him, the allegations of corruption that led to the reshuffle in the Ukrainian government do not seem to involve billions of dollars of military and humanitarian aid provided by the United States. The administration of President Joseph Biden has no such information.
The United States supported Zelensky's decision
Price said that the United States takes its responsibility to ensure proper oversight of all forms of American support given to Ukraine.
He did not provide details on how exactly this is happening, but noted that the destruction caused by the invasion has made it difficult to track military, as well as economic and humanitarian assistance from the United States.
“There are challenges associated with the current situation, in which our Ukrainian partners are at the epicenter of a brutal attack from the Russian Federation. But we take this commitment seriously, and we can still take steps to ensure that accountability,” the official stressed.
According to him, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky previously ran an election campaign based on an anti-corruption political program that received significant public support in Ukraine. The State Department spokesman noted the determination of Ukrainians to hold officials who enjoy public confidence and do not fulfill their obligations to account. civil society and the media to combat corruption in order to ensure effective oversight and accountability of public procurement, Price added.
He added that Ukrainians want to see good governance, the fight against corruption and the rule of law. The United States also supports all this, as well as Ukraine's commitment to transparency and accountability.
“And we have witnessed such an example over the past hours,” the State Department spokesman explained.
Briefly on layoffs Ukrainian officials
- On the morning of January 24, Kirill Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Presidential Office, wrote a letter of resignation. According to him, being in this post, he had “the opportunity to do good deeds every day and every minute.”
- In addition, Aleksey Symonenko was fired from the post of Deputy Prosecutor General. This is probably due to his vacation abroad at the height of the war in Ukraine.
- In turn, Deputy Minister of Defense Vyacheslav Shapovalov resigned due to a scandal about the purchase of products for the military at inflated prices.
- Deputy Minister for Community Development Ivan Lukeria was also fired.