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Ukraine Deputy Defence Minister Tymoshenko Steps Down Following Allegations of Graft


Last Updated: January 24, 2023, 14:27 IST

Deputy head of Ukraine's Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko has resigned from his post amid allegations of graft (Image: Reuters)

Deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko has resigned from his post amid allegations of graft (Image: Reuters)

There were allegations that Tymoshenko led a lavish lifestyle and used luxury cars while the nation faced hardship due to the invasion

Ukrainian deputy defence minister and the deputy head of the presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, resigned on Tuesday, news agencies Reuters and AFP reported.

The reports said that the resignation of the highly-placed official came after allegations of corruption were levelled against him. A Reuters report said that Tymoshenko was allegedly involved in several scandals. His personal use of lavish items, including luxury cars, was also highlighted in the report.

“I thank the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the trust and the opportunity to do good deeds every day and every minute,” Tymoshenko wrote on Telegram. He asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to relieve him of his duties on Monday.

He did not cite any reason for his stepping down. Ukrainian media said that Oleksiy Kuleba, the current governor of Kyiv Oblast, could replace him. They also reported earlier that Zelensky was planning a cabinet and personal reshuffle.

(this is a developing story)

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