VINNYTSIA, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – As Russian security forces continue to push for progress in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday fired the director of the country’s security service and its attorney general, saying hundreds There are lawsuits. Cooperation with the enemy by the people in their departments.
“In particular, more than 60 employees of the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office and the Security Service remain in the occupied territory and are working against our state,” Zelensky said.
“A series of such crimes against the foundations of the state’s national security, and the recorded links between Ukrainian security forces and Russian special services, raise very serious questions about their respective leaders,” he said.
He fired Attorney General Irina Venediktova and appointed his Deputy Attorney General Oleksiy Simonenko in her place. They also fired the head of Ukraine’s Security Service, Ivan Bakanov, better known by its Ukrainian abbreviation SBU. According to the country’s news agencies, Bakanov was a longtime friend of Zelensky.
Earlier on Sunday, Russian missiles struck an industrial facility in the strategic city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich said the missiles hit a major shipbuilding center in the southern Bug River estuary. There was no immediate information on deaths.
Mykolaiv has regularly faced Russian missile attacks in recent weeks, an attempt by Moscow to soften Ukrainian security.
The Russian armed forces have said they aim to control the entire Black Sea coast of Ukraine up to the Romanian border. If successful, such an initiative would be a severe blow to the Ukrainian economy and trade, and would allow Moscow to secure a land bridge across the broken-up region of Transnistria in Moldova, where a Russian military base is located.