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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy fires officials over corruption allegations

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced changes to personnel at the top after the highest-profile allegations of corruption since Russia launched its invasion.

They country’s deputy defense minister, responsible for supplies to troops, has resigned citing “media accusations” of corruption while other government figures have also quit or fired.

A defense minister and the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office both offered their resignations on Tuesday amid allegations of corruption.

The defense ministry carried a statement saying Vyacheslav Shapovalov’s resignation was “a worthy deed” that would help retain trust in the ministry.

Local media have reported that his departure was linked to a scandal involving the purchase of food for the Ukrainian military.

The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, has asked the president to relieve him of his duties.

Tymoshenko was among officials linked to last Septembers embezzlement of aid earmarked for Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region worth more than $7 million.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General’s Office has come out to say Ukraine’s Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko has been removed from his post during the shakeup.

Symonenko has been at the center of a scandal related to a holiday in Spain.

Late on Monday, President Zelenskyy promised personnel changes in the government, regional administrations and security forces after the corrupt allegations emerged.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas