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President of Ukraine fires chief prosecutor and chief of security in restructuring

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday sacked his chief prosecutor and the head of the country’s security agency in the biggest government reshuffle since the Russian invasion began nearly five months ago.

Zelensky said he was firing Attorney General Iryna Venediktova and Security Chief Ivan Bakanov amid a high spate of cases of alleged treason by Ukrainian law enforcement officials.

“Today I made the decision to relieve the Prosecutor General and the Head of Ukraine’s Security Service from their duties,” Zelenskyy said in his daily address to the nation.

Zelenskyy said that over 650 cases of alleged treason and aiding and abetting Russia by Ukrainian security officials are currently being investigated, including 60 cases of officers who remained in Russian-held territories and are working against Ukraine.

“Such a large number of crimes against the foundations of national security and the connections established between Ukrainian law enforcement officers and Russian special services pose very serious questions to the relevant leaders,” Zelenskyy said.

“Every such question will be answered.”

Venediktova had led Ukraine’s investigation into alleged atrocities committed by invading Russian forces in the city of Bucha outside Kyiv, sparking international outrage.

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