Zelenskiy sacks two senior security officials, calls them traitors



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday he had fired two top officials at the national security service.

Affected are the overall head of internal security as well as the head of the agency’s branch in the Kherson region.

Zelenskiy said the two men had betrayed their oath to defend Ukraine.

He did not give specific details.

“I do not have time to deal with all the traitors, but they will gradually all be punished,” he said.

The occasion marked the first time Zelenskiy has announced high-profile sackings of those involved in Ukraine’s defence.

Related News

He said in a video address that the situation in the south and the Donbas region remained extremely difficult and reiterated that Russia was building up forces near the besieged city of Mariupol.

Zelenskiy, who often uses colourful imagery, said the Russians were so evil and so keen on destruction that they seemed to be from another world, “monsters who burn and plunder, who attack and are bent on murder”.

Russia says it is carrying out a “special operation” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbour. Moscow also denies Kyiv’s accusations that Russian forces are targeting civilians.

Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces had pushed back the Russians from Kyiv and Chernihiv – two cities Moscow had announced would no longer be the focus of attacks as they seek to secure the separatist Donbas and Luhansk regions in the south-east.

“There will be battles ahead. We still need to go down a very difficult path to get everything we want,” he said.

“The situation in the south and in the Donbas remains extremely difficult.”

Load more