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Top Ukrainian officials resign amid crackdown on corruption

origin 1Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Viacheslav Shapovalov has resigned, local media reported, claiming his departure was linked to a scandal. ©AP/Press Office of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine via AP

Several top Ukrainian officials, including the deputy defense minister and deputy head of the presidential office, have announced their resignations amid a damaging corruption scandal.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of harsh anti-graft measures as reports of foul play in Ukraine’s top offices emerged over the weekend, involving illicit payments to deputy ministers and over-inflated military contracts.

Five regional governors and four deputy ministers have left their posts, including the governors of Zaporizhia, Kherson and the capital Kiev.

One of the first to resign was the deputy head of the president’s office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko. He oversaw regional policy and worked on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s election campaign.

Tymoshenko has been criticized in the media for allegedly using an expensive car donated to Ukraine for humanitarian purposes.

Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov also resigned following allegations that he oversaw the purchase of food for soldiers at inflated prices.

Tackling widespread corruption was one of Zelenskyy’s campaign promises before his landslide victory in the country’s 2019 polls.

On Monday, he announced he would make changes to the government and security services as part of a new crackdown.

A parliamentary committee also decided to tighten procurement rules and make certain prices public during times of conflict.

To find out more, watch the RockedBuzz via Euronews report in the video above.