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Zelensky fires head of security service and prosecutor general

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Kabul: In a televised speech on Sunday, Zelensky said that he was firing Iryna Venediktova and Ivan Bakanov, prosecutor general and leader of the Security Service of Ukraine, citing a high number of cases of treason among law enforcement and the intelligence service.

Both officials were let go due to numerous acts of treason among employees of their departments.

Bakanov was removed under Article 47 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Ukrainian military, which refers to failure in official duties “which caused loss of life or other grave consequences or create a threat of such consequences.” His replacement has not yet been named.

Venediktova, who had served as Ukraine’s prosecutor general since March 2020, has been replaced by Oleksiy Symonenko.

Zelensky has dismissed a number of staffers recently, firing five ambassadors last week, including the ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk. The ambassadors to Hungary, Czech Republic, Norway, and a fifth ambassador with responsibility for India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh were all let go.

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