Ukraine parliament removes security chief, Zelensky fires another top official
KYIV — Ukraine’s parliament dismissed the domestic security chief and prosecutor general on Tuesday, two days after President Volodymyr Zelensky suspended them for failing to root out Russian spies.
Ivan Bakanov was fired from his position at the helm of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) by a comfortable majority, several lawmakers said on the Telegram messaging app.
The head of Zelensky’s political faction said Iryna Venediktova had also been voted out as prosecutor general.
Zelensky later announced he had fired one of the SBU’s deputy heads but gave no details. In a late night video address, he also said he had appointed five new regional SBU directors.
In a statement published on Telegram minutes before his dismissal was confirmed, Bakanov said “miscalculations” had been made during his tenure, but that he was proud of his record.
After the vote, ruling parliamentary party leader and close Zelensky ally David Arakhamia wrote on Telegram that Venediktova “remains in the team,” and implied that she was due for a diplomatic posting.
“Her experience will serve the state in a new place, which needs to be strengthened by professional managers and lawyers,” he wrote.
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