After submitting a resignation letter, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych was dismissed from his post, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s press secretary Serhii Nykyforov told journalists on Jan. 17.
Following the deadly Jan. 14 Russian air strike on Dnipro, which killed at least 40 civilians and injured 75, Arestovych claimed the Kh-22 missile fell on the apartment complex after being shot down by Ukraine’s air defenses, thereby suggesting Moscow had no intention of striking the building.
To little surprise, Russian state media were quick to quote Arestovych, portraying his statement as Ukraine’s official admission that its Armed Forces were responsible for killing civilians.
Ukraine’s Air Force subsequently denied the assertion, saying that this particular kind of anti-ship missile remains beyond the reach of Ukrainian anti-air systems.
Arestovych later issued an apology for the “mistaken” claim – only to “retract” the apology shortly afterwards, saying he merely made “a suggestion, not an assertion.”
By Jan. 16, Ukrainian MPs were gathering support for urging Zelenskyy to fire Arestovych.
Earlier on Jan. 17, he made a Facebook post with a photo of his resignation letter, saying he was “setting an example to the civilized world: a fundamental mistake means resignation.”