As Russia continued its relentless bombardment across the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy broadened his security service reshuffle on Monday by suspending 28 other officials, a day after he fired two senior officials over allegations that their agencies were harboring “collaborators and traitors”.
In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said a “personnel audit” of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) was underway and the decision to fire all 28 officials was pending. “Different levels, different areas of interest. But the reasons are similar – unsatisfactory work results,” Zelenskyy said.
On Sunday, he sacked SBU chief Ivan Bakanov and prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova. Zelenskyy, citing hundreds of criminal prosecutions for treason and collaboration by individuals within their departments and other law enforcement agencies. of the Ukrainian presidency.
Analysts said the moves were aimed at tightening Zelensky’s control over the military and security agencies, which were headed by appointees before the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24.