Ukraine: Zelenskyy fires seven ministers in defense ministry purge

Source: United Press International

“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his entire defense cabinet Monday ahead of a trip to the U.N. General Assembly and Washington where he is expected to seek more support for the country’s battle to expel Russian occupying forces. Deputy defense ministers Hanna Maliar, Volodymyr Havrylov, Rostyslav Zamlynskyi, Denys Sharapov, Andrii Shevchenko and Vitalii Deineha were formally dismissed by a meeting of the Ministers’ Cabinet, according to the cabinet press office. State Secretary for the Defense Ministry Kostiantyn Vashchenko was also let go. … The dismissals are the apparent culmination of a purge that began two weeks ago with the dismissal of Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Sept. 6 after a series of corruption allegations involving equipment and supplies procurement contracts.” (09/18/23)