Founder of Come Back Alive foundation could become Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine
Vitaliy Deynega (Photo:Vitaliy Deynega/Facebook)
Vitaliy Deynega, the founder of Come Back Alive – one of Ukraine’s largest military-focused charities – could soon become Deputy Minister of Defense, Deynega said in a Facebook post on Feb. 13.
“I am now very close to being appointed Deputy Minister of Defense for Digital Transformation,” wrote Deynega.
He noted that this isn’t the first proposal to join the government he received since the outbreak of the conflict with Russia in 2014.
Deynega noted that he agreed to this position for two reasons: currently there are no obligations that hold him back, and his reporting allowed him to see the war from new angles, demonstrating that in a fight with the resourceful enemy, Ukraine’s advantage lies in technology and motivation.
He also described what will happen if he receives the position.
“There will be carte blanche from the minister (of defense Oleksii Reznikov) – permission for decisions that I consider correct in my area of expertise,” Deynega explained.
“There will be a strict prioritization and removal of employees for whom the IT sector of the Ministry of Defense became a chance to dodge mobilization, or to serve in the army only on paper, without being helpful.”
On Feb. 13, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced upcoming appointments in the ministry “to improve work efficiency.”
Ukrainian media subsequently reported that Deynega, and a former MP and ex-ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, could become deputy ministers.
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