There is confusion about the fate of Ukraine’s defence minister following a crackdown on alleged corruption while Russian forces gain in the country’s east.
Ukraine defence ministry in turmoil as Russia advances
Ukraine has sent mixed messages about the fate of its defence minister, leaving a key post in its war effort in doubt as it braces for a new Russian offensive.
The questions left dangling over Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov were the first public sign of serious disarray in Ukraine’s wartime leadership, until now remarkably united during almost a year of all-out Russian military assault.
A day after announcing that Reznikov would be sidelined, a top ally of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared to row back and said no personnel changes in the defence sector would be made this week.
David Arakhamia, chief of the parliamentary bloc of Zelenskiy’s party, had said the head of military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, would take over the defence ministry while Reznikov would be made minister of strategic industries.