February 4, 2023

LYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office resigned on Tuesday after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged to launch a staff restructuring amid high-level corruption allegations during the war with Russia.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko asked to be relieved of his duties, according to an online copy of a decree signed by Zelenskyy and Tymoshenko’s own social media posts.

Neither gave a reason for the resignation.

Deputy Defense Minister Viacheslav Shapovalov also resigned, local media reported, claiming his resignation was linked to a scandal involving the purchase of food for Ukraine’s armed forces.

Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko also resigned.

Tymoshenko entered the presidency in 2019 after working on Zelenskyy’s media and creative content strategy during his presidential campaign.

Zelenskyj had promised personnel changes in the government, the regional administrations and the security forces after allegations of corruption that arose after the Russian invasion last February.

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