Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Decided to remove from the post of head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov. On the same day, it was reported that Zelensky sacked the prosecutor Irina Venediktova, which has so far been dealing with investigations related to war crimes committed by the Russian army on Ukrainian territory since the beginning of the invasion on February 24. The Deputy Prosecutor shall take his place. Oleksiy Simonenko. Reportedly, political tensions within Ukraine have already surfaced for several weeks Politician. Indeed, for some time, Zelensky was going to begin to assess the dismissal of Bakanov, whom many in Kyiv accused of the ease with which the Russians would be able to conquer crucial areas of Ukraine, starting with CHERSON.
Bakanov is an old friend of Zelensky, at his side since the Ukrainian president took his first steps as an actor. His appointment in 2019 sparked some controversy, given the 47-year-old’s lack of experience in the security sector. Bakanov was removed from his position for “failure to perform service duties, which led to human casualties or other serious consequences, or created a threat”, as stipulated in Article 47 of the disciplinary system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The decision was commented on a video posted in the evening by Zelensky himself:
“I have decided to remove the Prosecutor General from his post and the head of the Security Service of Ukraine from his duties. To date, 651 criminal cases related to high treason and cooperative activities of employees of the Public Prosecution Office and other bodies have been registered. This series of crimes against the country’s national security institutions and the revealed links between the employees of the Ukrainian security agencies and the Russian special services raise very serious questions for the leaders involved. Each of these questions will have an appropriate answer.”
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