Colombo (News 1st) - Ukraine's government was rocked Tuesday by the resignations and dismissals of a number of key Deputy Ministers and Governors, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commenced a crackdown on corruption.
The Deputy Head of Zelenskyy's own President's Office resigned, as did the Deputy Defence Minister. Those dismissed included three other Deputy Ministers, a Deputy Prosecutor General and five Regional Governors in areas greatly affected by the war, namely the governors of the Kyiv, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
The corruption allegations swirl around purchases of foodstuff and other essentials for Ukraine's military and civilian populations in war-ravaged areas.
Zelenskyy, a former professional standup comedian who was a political outsider, was elected in 2019 as voters rebelled against the corruption entrenched in the country's political system. He has drawn much admiration for his handling of Russia's invasion of Ukraine a year ago, and under his leadership Ukrainian forces have pushed back Russian military units that made deep incursions into Ukraine in the first few months of the war.
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