Politico says Zelensky wants to fire SBU chief Ivan Bakanov SBU reforms.
Now the position is held by Ivan Bakanov. One of Politico's interlocutors claims that they are “extremely dissatisfied” with the work of the head of the SBU. “We are not satisfied with his managerial [skills] because now we need crisis management skills, which we think he does not have,” — he explained.
“Zelensky wants to replace his childhood friend, whom he brought in to lead the SBU, with someone who is more suitable for a post in wartime,” tagged Politico.
According to the newspaper's sources, it is not only Bakanov's work after the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine that causes concern, but also the decisions made by high-ranking officials of the agency. They noted that their decisions in the first hours and days “could cost the country precious territories, including the strategic city of Kherson.”
A high-ranking Ukrainian official told the publication that at the beginning of hostilities, the leaders of the SBU in many regions behaved very strangely, ran away, and one of them even set fire to the entire building of the SBU in Chernihiv, as there was no time to take out documents.
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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Already on March 13, Zelensky replaced the head of the SBU of the Lviv region, Ivan Osipchuk, with Artem Bondarenko. This happened against the backdrop of an attack by Russian forces on the Yavorovsky military training ground, when 35 people were killed, more than 130 were hospitalized. The Ministry of Defense stated that “up to 180 foreign mercenaries were destroyed” and foreign weapons.
April 1, Zelensky stripped the ranks of two senior officers of the SBU— ex-head of the main internal security department of the SBU Andrei Naumov and ex-head of the SBU department in the Kherson region Sergey Krivoruchko. He explained that the security forces violated their oath and “betrayed the motherland.”
According to Politico, Krivoruchko violated the order of the president and ordered the officers to evacuate the city before Russian troops began to storm it. At the same time, the colonel, his assistant and head of the local department of the Antiterrorist Center, Igor Sadokhin, informed the Russian military, who were moving from Crimea to the North, about the location of Ukrainian mines. In addition, he helped coordinate the flight path of aviation.
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