Ukraine’s Downward Spiral Unfolds Amid Corruption Scandals

Ukraine's Downward Spiral Unfolds Amid Corruption Scandals

( – Following the removal of military Minister Oleksii Reznikov in a corruption scandal two weeks ago, six deputy military ministers in Ukraine were fired on Monday, according to officials, as fierce conflict raged on in the east.

According to Taras Melnychuk, the permanent representative of the Cabinet of Ministers on Telegram, deputy defense ministers Hanna Maliar, Vitalii Deyneha, and Denys Sharapov, as well as the state secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Kostiantyn Vashchenko, were fired.

Melnychuk did not justify the firings, but the administration has been investigating allegations of military corruption involving equipment acquisition.

The new military minister, Crimean Tatar legislator Rustem Umerov, did not immediately remark.

After a scandal involving the defense ministry’s purchase of military jackets at a price three times their cost, Reznikov was fired earlier this month. Reznikov resigned while rejecting the accusations.

The department was reorganized a day after the Ukrainian military declared victory over Russian forces in the month-long struggle for the settlement of Klishchiivka.

In the eastern Donetsk region, fighting persisted Monday as soldiers attempted to retain the settlement south of the Russian-controlled city of Bakhmut.

It was retaken when the neighboring settlement of Andriivka was also retaken.

During a briefing on Monday, just before she was let go, Maliar stated that “the enemy is trying desperately to regain lost positions.”

As a result, our troops are stationed at the established frontiers and halt the enemy’s attacks there.”

It is believed that retaking Klishchiivka is crucial tactically because it will enable Ukrainian forces to increase their gains towards Bakhmut.

Six civilians were murdered, and 16 were hurt in additional fighting throughout the last day, according to the presidential office.

It claimed that one person was killed and four others were injured as Russians targeted residential areas in eight cities and villages in the Donetsk region, including Avdiivka and Kurdiumivka.

One person was killed, and two others were hurt in five artillery attacks in Kherson. According to the presidential administration, Russians launched explosives from a drone near Beryslav’s bus stop, injuring four persons.

In the early hours of Monday, the Ukrainian air force claimed to have shot down 18 of 24 Shaded drones and all 17 Russian cruise missiles launched in the southern areas of Mykolaiv and Odesa.

Oleh Kiper, the regional governor of Odesa, claimed that although no deaths were recorded, the attack destroyed a recreation center in Vylkovo.

Due to its many canals, Vylkovo is frequently called the “Ukrainian Venice” and is situated in the Danube Delta near the Romanian border.

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