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Zelensky removes top officials in shake-up of Ukraine’s government to fight corruption allegations

Presidential aide says removal of officials is a reaction to the ‘key public demand’ that justice should apply to everyone – as country’s forces face intense battleground stalemate in eastern Ukraine

Chris Stevenson
Tuesday 24 January 2023 09:45 GMT
UKraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky
UKraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky (AP)

President Volodymyr Zelensky has forced out a number of top officials in Ukraine’s government as he launches a renewed crackdown on corruption.

Mr Zelensky made fighting corruption a central pillar of his presidential election campaign, before Russia's invasion of Ukraine became the focus of his attention. As the war reaches its first anniversary, with Kyiv worried about fresh offensives from Moscow’s forces as we move out of the harshest part of winter, the Ukrainian president appears to be taking the opportunity for a reset of officials, either via dismissal or resignation.

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