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All 6 Ukrainian deputy defense ministers fired

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Published: 18:47, 18 September 2023   Update: 18:48, 18 September 2023
All 6 Ukrainian deputy defense ministers fired

One of the dismissed deputy defense ministers

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dismissed all the country’s deputy defense ministers during a meeting on Monday (September 18).

All six Ukrainian deputy defense ministers were fired following the dismissal of Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov two weeks ago in a corruption scandal, officials said, as heavy fighting continued in the east.

Russia claimed to have struck key Ukrainian facilities in air attacks overnight, hitting stores of Storm Shadow missiles and depleted uranium ammunition along with electronic intelligence centers and training facilities for Ukrainian military scouts.

The deputy defense ministers fired included Hanna Maliar, Vitalii Deyneha and Denys Sharapov, as well as the state secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Kostiantyn Vashchenko, were fired, according to the Telegram account of Taras Melnychuk, permanent representative of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Melnychuk provided no explanation of the firings, but the government has been investigating accusations of corruption in the military related to purchasing equipment. Rustem Umerov, a Crimean Tatar lawmaker who took over as defense minister, did not immediately issue a statement._Agencies