25 Jan 2023 12:22

Zelensky appoints Alexei Kuleba deputy head of his Office as part of Ukrainian govt shake-up

MOSCOW. Jan 25 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has signed a decree to appoint Alexei Kuleba to the post of deputy head of Zelensky's Office.

This document is available for viewing on the presidential website, Ukrainian media said.

On Tuesday, Kuleba was relieved of his duties as head of the Kiev region's military administration after his resignation was accepted.

According to Ukrainian media reports, other high-level officials who resigned or were dismissed from their posts include head of the Dnepropetrovsk region's military administration Valentin Reznichenko, head of the Zaporozhye region's military administration Alexander Starukh, head of the Sumy region military administration Dmitry Zhivitsky, and Kherson region military administration head Yaroslav Yanushevich.

When commenting on the latest personnel decisions, Zelensky, for his part, said that the reshuffle will continue.

"Today, society has seen yet another set of personnel decisions. We will continue to take appropriate steps - the public will see each of them and, I am sure, will support them. Any internal problem that hinders the state is being eliminated and will be eliminated," Ukrainian media quoted Zelensky as saying in his overnight address.

"It is fair. It is necessary for our defense and it contributes to our integration with European institutions," he said.

It also became known on Wednesday that five regional prosecutors had left the posts of their own volition.

"Prosecutor General Andrei Kostin has accepted the resignations of the heads of the Zaporozhye, Kirovograd, Poltava, Sumy, and Chernigov regions' Prosecutor Offices," Ukrainian media quoted the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office as saying in a statement.