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Ukrainian President Zelenskiy Takes Stand Against Corruption Amid Conflict



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy affirmed on Tuesday that he would not tolerate corruption or treachery within the state while Ukraine is engaged in a struggle against Russian invaders. Zelenskiy's remarks came during his nightly video address, concurrent with two prominent corruption cases in the country.

Anti-corruption Efforts:

Zelenskiy announced plans last month to audit military draft offices to eliminate corruption, as part of a broader initiative to eradicate corruption from the military and government departments. This policy aims to show Western supporters that Ukraine is committed to tackling ingrained corruption, a key factor in the lengthy process of securing European Union membership.

Addressing officials, Zelenskiy warned that any acts of corruption or opposition to the state would not be forgiven. The President emphasized the urgent need for artillery, missiles, and drones in the country's defense and the nation's moral strength, conveyed through its soldiers.

Legal Cases:

In relation to the President's anti-corruption speech, legal authorities have ordered pre-trial detention for the head of a military recruitment center in southern Ukraine, Yevhen Borysov. Accused of corruption and embezzlement, Borysov's bail is set at over $4 million.

Borysov, head of the military recruitment office in Odesa, allegedly acquired unaccounted funds equivalent to more than $5 million. Investigations suggest he procured significant sums through loans from business partners while Ukraine was under Russian attack.

Moreover, Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Ponomaryov, suspected of collaborating with Russia in the occupied southeast, was arrested on treason charges. Elected from a now-banned party accused of ties to Russia, Ponomaryov denies any collaboration with Russia.

Impact of the Speech:

Zelenskiy's strong stance against corruption comes at a critical time when Ukraine is battling Russian forces. His message aims to assure Western allies and the Ukrainian populace of the government's commitment to transparency and accountability, even in the face of ongoing conflict. The two corruption cases highlight the challenges Ukraine faces internally, even as it combats external threats.

The President's push for EU membership also sends a strong message of Ukraine's geopolitical alignment. He emphasized that he would no longer accept those who, for personal gain, refuse to support legislation necessary for Ukraine's EU campaign. This underscores Ukraine's desire for closer ties with the West, a position that carries significant geopolitical implications.

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익명 회원
2023년 10월 03일

Stealing western and allies war aid is treason. Public executions would diminish such acts.


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익명 회원
2023년 7월 26일

It takes soap and water to keep it clean.

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