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    Ukraine’s Defense Minister Resigns Following Zelenskyy’s Announcement of His Replacement

    Ukraine's Defense Minister Resigns Following Zelenskyy's Announcement of His Replacement

    KYIV, — Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov submitted a letter of resignation on Monday after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would be replaced and named his successor.

    Oleksii Reznikov's removal follows a scandal around the defense ministry's procurement of jackets. It was not the first similar case during the ongoing war.

    Zelenskyy made the announcement on his official Telegram account, writing that leadership was needed after Reznikov went through “more than 550 days of full-scale war.” He named Rustem Umerov, a Crimean Tatar lawmaker, as the new defense minister.

    “Reznikov was a good and prominent international negotiator, but it appears that there is chaos and disorder within the Ministry of Defense, which many deputies have taken advantage of, resulting in corruption scandals during the war,” said analyst Volodymyr Fesenko from the Kyiv-based Penta Center.

    “All actions of the Ukrainian authorities are geared toward the interests of the war, and scandals and statements about Ukraine's slow counteroffensive in the face of very limited military resources compel Zelenskyy to be flexible and seek new personnel solutions.”

    Reznikov was appointed in November 2021, several months before 's invasion of Ukraine. In his resignation letter, Reznikov pointed out that it had been “not an easy journey” from his appointment until today, but that he had been part of the…

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