22 May 2019 10:04

Zerkal's appointment order removed from Ukrainian presidential website

KYIV. May 22 (Interfax) - An executive order of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appointing Olena Zerkal as deputy chief of his administration has been removed from the presidential website.

As reported earlier, Zelensky signed the order appointing Zerkal, the former Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration, deputy chief of presidential administration on May 21, 2019.

The online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda said with reference to sources in Zelensky's team that Zerkal had declined the offer. The sources did not say exactly why Zerkal had refused to take the job. Allegedly, she was ready to be the commissioner supervising Ukraine's legal actions against Russia in international courts, but not a deputy chief of presidential administration.

Meanwhile, Andriy Bohdan, former Zelensky's legal advisor, has become the chief of presidential administration.

The president's executive order of May 21, 2019, posted on the presidential website appointed Serhiy Trofimov deputy chief of presidential administration.

The president also appointed his advisor Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Zerkal, his representative Kyrylo Tymoshenko, and his campaign member Yuriy Kostyuk deputy chiefs of his administration.