The deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Kyrillo Tymoshenko, said on Tuesday that he asked President Volodymyr Zelenskyi to relieve him of his duties on Monday. The move comes amid a corruption scandal that saw Infrastructure Deputy Vasyl Lozinski fired and detained for allegedly stealing $400,000 from the winter aid budget. Tymoshenko, 33, has been deputy head of the presidential office since 2019, overseeing regions and regional policy. He also worked with Zelensky during his election campaign, overseeing media and creative content.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Vyacheslav Shapovalov, responsible for supplying troops with food and equipment, also resigned, citing “media allegations” of corruption that he and the ministry say are unfounded. A statement on the website of the Ministry of Defense states that Shapovalov’s resignation is a “worthy act” that will help maintain trust in the ministry.
Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Simonenko was also removed from his position, the prosecution announced.
adviser to the president of Ukraine, Mihailo Podoljak, he said that today’s personnel upheaval showed Zelenskii responded to the “key public demand” that justice should apply to all. “Zelenski’s personnel decisions testify to the key priorities of the state.” The president sees and hears society. And it directly responds to a key public demand – justice for all”.
Zelenskii said on Monday that changes would soon be announced in the government, regions and security forces following allegations of corruption nearly a year after the Russian invasion.
Germany has now received PolandOfficial request for re-export of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak said.
Final decision on whether Germany will give permission will be taken at the office in Berlin, a senior official in the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, the decision will obviously be made in the office, with the consensus of the government,” Tobias Lindnersaid the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a defense conference in Berlin.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is confident that the alliance will soon find a solution, he said after a meeting with the German defense minister on Tuesday. “At this crucial time in the war, we need to provide heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine, and we need to do it faster,” Stoltenberg said.
The new German defense minister Boris Pistorius said there was no disunity among allies over sending heavy battle tanks to Ukraine and said Berlin would react quickly if there was a positive decision to do so. However, he emphasized that NATO must not become a party to the war in Ukraine.
German defense group Rheinmetall could deliver 139 Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine if needed, a company spokesman told the RND media group on Monday.
The Kremlin warned on Monday that the people of Ukraine will “pay the price” if the West decides to send tanks to support Kiev. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that divisions in Europe over whether to provide Kiev with tanks show that “nervousness” is growing within the NATO alliance. Peskov also dismissed Washington’s announcement that it plans to impose sanctions on the Russian private mercenary group Wagner.
FinlandMinister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto has signaled a possible pause in talks with Turkey about Finland’s ambitions to join NATO alongside Sweden, which he says is due to pressure from Turkey’s upcoming elections.
The EU’s high representative for foreign policy and security, Josep Borrell, presented a new package of EU military aid to Ukraine worth 500 million euros, after the Union’s 27 foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday. The package was approved along with an additional 45 million euros for EU military training for Ukraine. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijártó said his country would not block the EU’s move.
Russiais ambassador to Estonia, Vladimir Lipaevhe accused the West of arming the Baltic states with weapons that could strike St. Petersburg.
Russian forces continue to “endure operational stalemate and heavy casualties,” the UK Ministry of Defense said. Defense Ministry intelligence on Monday also said that new disciplinary measures introduced by Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s chief of staff and newly appointed commander in Ukraine, have been met with “skeptical feedback”, particularly in response to a decision to ban soldiers from wearing beards.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was willing to negotiate with Ukraine in the early months of the war, but the US and other Western countries advised Kiev not to do so. Lavrov was speaking during a visit to South Africa on Monday, where he met with Foreign Minister Naledi Pandora, a month before the South African military is due to host a joint military exercise with Russia and China on its east coast. Lavrov visited Eswatini on Tuesday.
On Monday, Germany began moving its Patriot air defense systems to Polish territory, near the Ukrainian border. where they will be deployed to prevent stray missile strikes. Berlin’s offer to deploy three of its Patriot units to Poland comes after two men were killed by a stray Ukrainian missile that hit a Polish village Przevodov in November.
The police arrested Andrey Medvedev, the former commander of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, who recently fled to Norway. he told the Guardian on Monday. Medvedev’s Norwegian lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, said police decided to arrest Medvedev on Sunday night after a “strong disagreement” with the former Wagner soldier over living conditions in the safe house where he had been living since arriving in Norway.