Layoffs at the SBU: Selenskyj cleans up the secret service

Status: 07/19/2022 08:18 a.m

The Ukrainian President Selenskyj wants to dismiss numerous employees of the secret service SBU. The head of state is apparently dissatisfied with the work of the service and speaks of treason. Previously, he had already deposed the boss.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced the dismissal of 28 employees of the Ukrainian secret service SBU. It’s about posts and functions of different levels, “but the reasons are similar: unsatisfactory work results,” said Selenskyj in his video speech every evening. The day before he had already suspended his secret service chief and childhood friend Ivan Bakanov and the Attorney General Iryna Venediktova.

Now Zelenskyj promised a revision of the entire work of the secret service. “Different levels, different focus areas” are affected by the personnel revision at the SBU, he said.

Anti-corruption officer is the new head of the secret service

The Ukrainian President recently expressed his anger at alleged collaborators at the SBU and the Attorney General’s Office. The President cited hundreds of criminal cases for treason and collaboration with Russia in those agencies. “In particular, more than 60 employees of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU remained in the occupied territories and are working against our state,” said Zelenskyy.

The government in Kyiv sees this as high treason. However, the media also pointed out that the 47-year-old Bakanov, as a non-specialist, enjoyed little authority among his employees. After initially only suspending him, Zelenskyy made an official application to Parliament for Bankanov’s dismissal. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy appointed the anti-corruption officer of the domestic intelligence service, Wasyl Maliuk, as the new boss. This was previously the number two of the service.

Zelenskyy: More than 650 cases of possible treason

In his video speech, Selenskyj referred to more than 650 cases of possible betrayal of Russia by local officials and spoke of “connections between Ukrainian law enforcement officers and Russian special services”. Areas occupied by Russian soldiers or pro-Russian fighters are particularly affected. There are suspicions of “numerous crimes against the foundations of our national security,” said the head of state.

The deputy head of the presidential office, Andriy Smirnov, announced investigations and controls on Ukrainian television. The background to this are numerous suspected cases of treason by members of the Ukrainian judicial and security apparatus. Months into the war, “we continue to find a lot of these people in each of these agencies,” Smirnov said.

Combat artillery observers

At the same time, it became known that Ukraine also wants to step up the fight against enemy artillery observers. Again and again, Ukrainians are said to betray the positions of their own troops to the enemy and correct enemy artillery fire. The instruction to take action against such traitors comes directly from the president, said his security adviser Oleksiy Danilov.

Earlier, the military governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaly Kim, had offered a $100 bounty for the capture of artillery observers.

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