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Ukrain defence minister Oleksii Reznikov dismissed

The Nepal Weekly
September 5, 2023

Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov has confirmed that he will quit the position soon. Reznikov had led the ministry since before the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Reznikov’s dismissal on Sunday, saying it was time for “new approaches” in the defence ministry. Rustem Umerov, who heads Ukraine’s State Property Fund, has been nominated as Reznikov’s successor.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Reznikov confirmed that he had submitted his resignation letter to the country’s parliament. Ukrainian media has speculated that he will become Kyiv’s new ambassador in London, where he has developed good relations with senior politicians.

The 57-year-old official has become a well-known figure since the start of the war in Ukraine. Internationally recognised, he has regularly attended meetings with Ukraine’s western allies and played a key role in lobbying for additional military equipment.

But his dismissal has been anticipated for some time. Last week, Mr Reznikov told reporters he was exploring other positions with the Ukrainian president.