Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his government’s state security chief and prosecutor general. Zelenskyy refered to many instances of the active authorities’ subordinates being blamed for injustice and joint effort with Russia.
Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and State Security Service, or SBU, head Ivan Bakanov, a long-term friend and confidant of the president, are the two fired officials. They were released as per Article 47 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which characterizes an inability to perform administration obligations that prompts human losses or other grave results.
“Today, I made a decision to remove the Prosecutor General from office and to dismiss the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video address on Sunday.
“As of today, 651 criminal proceedings have been registered regarding treason and collaboration activities of employees of prosecutor’s offices, pretrial investigation bodies, and other law enforcement agencies,” he said.
“In particular, more than 60 employees of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU have remained in the occupied territory and work against our state,” Zelensky added.
The SBU under Bakanov – a childhood friend of Zelensky’s – has been the objective of much hypothesis that Russia has penetrated Ukraine’s knowledge administrations. Oleh Kulinych, the previous local top of the SBU in Crimea, was arrested and accused of conspiracy. Senior knowledge heads in the Kherson area have additionally been taken out.
“Everyone who together with him was part of a criminal group that worked in the interests of the Russian Federation will also be held accountable,” Zelensky continued. “It is about the transfer of secret information to the enemy and other facts of cooperation with the Russian special services.”