Letting subordinates ‘collaborate’ with Russia, Ukraine’s security boss loses his position

Ivan Bakanov, the head of Ukraine’s security service, and the state prosecutor general were fired because more than 60 of their subordinates “colluded” with Russia.

The decision to fire the director of the Homeland Security Service (SBU) Ivan Bakanov, childhood friend of President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova was announced in executive orders posted on the territory’s website. Ukrainian religion on July 17.

Mr. Ivan Bakanov at a press conference in Kiev 2019. Photo: AP.

Mr. Ivan Bakanov at a press conference in Kiev 2019. Photo: AP.

In a Telegram post, President Zelensky said he had fired two top government officials because of reports that a number of members of their agency had cooperated with Russia. Mr. Zelensky warned that this “collusion” activity was also beginning to spread to other organs of the government.

He said there are 651 charges of treason and espionage against prosecutors and law enforcement officials, and more than 60 officials from the agencies of Mr. Bakanov and Ms. Venediktova are taking action against them. Ukraine on territories controlled by Russia.

“The series of crimes against national security raises very serious questions for the leaders involved,” Zelensky said. “Each of those questions will get a proper answer.”

State Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova.  Photo: Reuters.

State Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova. Image: Reuters.

The Russian military has taken control of parts of southern and eastern Ukraine since launching a special military operation in late February.

It is not clear to the Ukrainian authorities why the Kherson region in the south fell so quickly, in contrast to fierce resistance efforts near Kiev in late February and early March. Once in northern Ukraine, the Russian army had to withdraw and focus on advancing in the eastern Donbass region.

Vu Hoang (Theo Reuters)

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