China News Network, September 9 Comprehensive foreign media reports, senior officials of the Ukrainian government said that two weeks after Ukraine changed the defense minister, six deputy ministers of Ukrainian defense were collectively dismissed on the 19th local time.
According to the New York Times, a senior official of the Ukrainian government said on social media platforms on the 18th that the Ukrainian cabinet meeting made a decision to remove 6 deputy ministers of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, including Anna Maliar and others. In addition, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine was dismissed.
According to reports, the fired Anna Maliar was one of the most important government communicators on the Ukrainian side in the Ukrainian crisis. Hours before the announcement of her dismissal, Ana Maliar was still updating her social media platform on the latest developments regarding the crisis in Ukraine.
According to the report, this is a major reshuffle of the leadership of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The decision was announced as Zelensky was preparing to address the UN General Assembly and planned to meet with members of the US Congress.
According to Reuters, the Ukrainian government did not give a reason for the dismissal.
Ukrainian media quoted sources as saying that all deputy ministers voluntarily resigned at the request of the current Ukrainian Defense Minister Umerov and will not return to their posts. According to the report, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is "undergoing a comprehensive reform" and consultations are still underway on the replacement of the deputy minister.
Umerov reportedly posted on the social media platform: "Restart. We have already started. We will continue. The Ministry of Defense will continue to work as usual. ”
According to the New York Times, the executive director of the Center for Anti-Corruption Action in Ukraine, Daria Kaleninuk, said that the dismissal decision is a "positive step" that shows that Zelensky recognizes the problems of the Ministry of Defense and is working to find a remedy.
Daria Kaleninouk also said: "The Ministry of Defense, one of the least reformed ministries in Ukraine, is not able to cope with the challenges of war. ”
She further added that the announcement of the decision on the occasion of Zelensky's visit to the United States is sending a signal to Ukraine's U.S. allies that the Ukrainian government is committed to reform.
According to previous reports, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the removal of Reznikov from the post of Ukrainian Defense Minister on September 9, and on the 5th, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine approved Umerov, nominated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the country's new defense minister.
Umerov was the head of the Ukrainian State Assets Foundation and played a role in negotiating an agreement on the export of grain from the Black Sea. The Associated Press has quoted political analysts as reporting that Ukraine's Western partners value Umerov as the head of Ukraine's National Property Fund, and he is one of the few politicians in Ukraine who has direct contact with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.