Ukrainian defense minister says he is prepared over dismissal rumors


(MENAFN) Amid reports proposing his dismissal, Ukraine’s defense minister on Sunday stated he is prepared for anything, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues a shake-up of personnel across his government as part of a broad anti-corruption drive.

"I have not had any conversations that I should stop working ... I will repeat: ‘Every official should realize that he is not in his position for life. He must start a stage and finish it.’ Therefore, I am ready for any development,” Oleksii Reznikov announced in an interview with online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

Reznikov further noted that he is not ashamed of what he has done throughout his time in office, saying: “I will definitely have something to show ... And the rest - let's see.”

Separately, Reznikov announced in a press conference in the capital Kyiv that he would step down if Zelenskyy made such a move.

"No official is in the chair forever. Not one. The decision to be defense minister or not is made by one person, the Ukrainian president … Therefore, only with the decision of the Ukrainian president, I will make certain decisions,” he added.


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