Skip to content

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Reznikov, resigns

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has announced his resignation, setting the stage for a major political reshuffle by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The move comes as the country grapples with ongoing Russian aggression and accompanying domestic problems. Reznikov, who has been in office since November 2021, took to social media to confirm his decision and sent his resignation letter to the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament.

The president revealed his plans to appoint Rustem Umerov, the current head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine, as the new defense minister. Umerov has been actively involved in wartime discussions, including negotiations on the Black Sea Grain Agreement.

Reznikov’s tenure, despite receiving substantial Western military aid, has been marred by allegations of corruption within the defense ministry, allegations he has denied as unfounded. Experts see this reshuffle as significant for Ukraine, as Zelensky aims to alter the existing narrative, particularly perceptions of corruption, and thereby bolster the image of his administration.

The change coincides with Ukraine’s fight against corruption, a priority for Zelenskyy, especially as the country wants to join the European Union. “The ministry needs new approaches and formats of interaction with both the army and society,” Zelenskyy declared in a recent speech.

As a fluent English speaker, Reznikov had developed strong ties with international defense officials and could potentially become Ukraine’s new ambassador to London. His ministry was criticized nationally for buying food at exorbitant prices.

This political shake-up comes amid ongoing tensions, including a recent Russian drone strike in Ukraine’s Odesa region. The strike came just ahead of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss reviving food shipments under the previously abandoned Black Sea grain deal.

This article is sourced from and written by AI.

Track and stay informed about AI-generated news:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *