Zelensky fires excellent officers over staffers' 'collaboration' with Russia - CNN

"nowadays I made a call to get rid of the Prosecutor prevalent from workplace and to push aside the top of the security service of Ukraine," Zelensky stated in his nightly video tackle.

both officers dismissed are Prosecutor time-honored Iryna Venediktova and State protection provider (SBU) head Ivan Bakanov, a protracted-time associate of the president.

Zelensky said many officials inside each departments had been suspected of treason.

"As of today, 651 criminal court cases were registered concerning treason and collaboration actions of personnel of prosecutor's places of work, pretrial investigation bodies, and other legislations enforcement companies," he referred to.

"In particular, greater than 60 personnel of the prosecutor's office and the security service of Ukraine remained in the occupied territory and are working in opposition t our state."

Explaining his determination to eliminate Venediktova and Bakanov, Zelensky noted: "Such an array of crimes against the foundations of the country wide security of the state and the connections detected between the employees of the safety forces of Ukraine and the special functions of Russia pose very serious inquiries to the important leadership. every of those questions will acquire a correct answer."

the previous head of the main Directorate of the security carrier in Crimea has additionally been detained on suspicion of treason, he talked about.

"everyone who together with him changed into a part of a criminal neighborhood that labored in the pastimes of the Russian Federation will also be held in charge. it's concerning the transfer of secret assistance to the enemy and other statistics of cooperation with the Russian special services."

Senior officials within the SBU in southern Ukraine were blamed for the benefit with which Russian forces had been capable of seize giant areas of the south within per week of the invasion.

Zelensky indicated there would be further motion.

"The particular moves and any inactivity of each respectable in the security sector and in legislation enforcement corporations should be evaluated. The corresponding inspection of legislations enforcement groups has already yielded the first results and will be persisted."

Zelensky additionally mentioned the prime Minister could be tasked with intensifying the seek a brand new head of the country wide Anticorruption Bureau.

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