Less than two and a half months ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (45) sacked his then Defense Minister Olej Reznikov (57), followed on September 18 by the sacking of six deputy defense ministers – and now one And a sensational case has come to light. Planned in Kiev: At least the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda claims that there will now be another wave of reshuffles in the army leadership.
In this episode of Ukrainian domestic politics that bloggers are already comparing to a (rather brutal) season of “Games of Thrones,” these three army chiefs are losing their jobs: Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergei Naev (he may become one of the main defendants in the case of the defense of the Kherson region in 2022), as well as Commander of the Operational-Strategic Army Group “Tavria” Alexander Tarnavsky, and Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Commander of the Medical Forces Tatyana Ostashenko.
In Kiev, the government commented on the media reports: “The Defense Ministry does not comment on rumors or unconfirmed information. Everyone is working normally and decisions are being discussed in coordination with the General Staff.
However, it is known that Ukrainian physicians and volunteers have called on the army leadership to dismiss Tatyana Ostashenko. In July, MP Solomiya Bobrowska said that the Medical Command had not purchased first aid kits in 2023 and that first aid kits provided by international aid were not properly checked. So this could be – once again – about a possible corruption crime.
The reasons for the possible dismissal of Tarnavsky and Knaev, who commanded troops on the Southern Front, are unknown, Ukrainska Pravda wrote.
As eXXpress reported, just a few days ago the EU leadership announced that EU accession negotiations would begin with Ukraine. The Hungarian government made it clear that it would not be supported. The Federal Government of Austria has not yet commented on this. In December, a meeting of EU heads of government will put pressure on all EU states to approve the start of accession negotiations with Ukraine.