1 Dec 2022 10:23

Naftogaz strategic communications chief resigns

MOSCOW. Dec 1 (Interfax) - The head of strategic communications with national and international organizations at state oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukraine, Miron Vasilik has resigned, Ukrainian media reported, citing a statement he made on social media.

"All good things must come to an end. I have resigned from the position of head of the department of strategic communications for national and international organizations," Vasilik said.

Vasilik, the former director of the Ukrainian division of international strategic communications agency PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, joined Naftogaz in May 2021 as advisor to company CEO Yury Vitrenko on expansion of cooperation with international organizations.

Ukraine's Cabinet earlier accepted Vitrenko's resignation as head of Naftogaz effective November 4. MP Alexei Goncharenko wrote on Telegram that Vitrenko was removed "not so much due to results, but due to political will."

Former MP Svetlana Zalischuk stepped down from her position as advisor to Naftogaz's CEO on international issues last week, three weeks after Alexei Chernyshov replaced Vitrenko as CEO. She said she saw her job as "countering Russia in the energy sector."