Ukraine could get new defense minister after Ramstein meeting
Kyrylo Budanov's appointment as defense minister may still take place after February 14 (Photo:Olexander Medvedev / НВ)
The final decision on replacing Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov with current Defense Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov has been postponed for after the Feb. 14 Ramstein meeting, Ukrainian MP and member of the parliamentary Defense and Intelligence Committee, Maryana Bezuhla, said on Feb. 08.
She added that international agreements brokered by Reznikov play a key role at the upcoming Ramstein meeting, where the discussion of supplying Ukraine with more weapons will take place.
The head of the ruling Servant of the People parliamentary party, David Arakhamia, said on Feb. 6 that Reznikov wouldn't be dismissed from the position of Ukraine's Defense Minister, despite an earlier statement that the minister would be moved to helm the Ministry of Strategic Industries, while his post would be taken over by Budanov.
News about Reznikov’s possible dismissal as minister of defense started circulating following after a corruptions canal around food procurement for the Ukrainian military, with several top ministry officials getting dismissed and facing criminal charges.
Commenting on the rumors about his possible reassignment, Reznikov said he would resign if President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issues a corresponding order.
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