Zelenskyy adviser comments on new Prosecutor-General Kostin

27 July, 05:58 PM
Newly appointed Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin (Photo:President's Office)

Newly appointed Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin (Photo:President's Office)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy nominated MP Andriy Kostin to serve as the new Prosecutor-General due to his impeccable reputation and administrative skills, Zelesnkyy adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has said, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reported on July 27.

“Mr. Kostin ended up being the perfect candidate, – one who will be able to make the Prosecutor-General’s Office more effective even in these difficult circumstances,” said Podolyak.

“Being an MP and chairing the Justice Committee, he is well-aware of law enforcement specifics, and his reputation in legal circles is impeccable. Crucially, he is a professional.”

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Podolyak also said that there isn’t “even a whiff of toxicity” about Kostin, who is well-regarded by fellow MPs and Western ambassadors.

“Professionalism, legal scrutiny, working around the clock – these are the qualities of Kostin that I noted when we worked together in a negotiation delegation,” Podolyak added.

“That’s why the president decided to appoint him.”

Zelenskyy fired former Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova on July 17. Claims that there were numerous collaborators among her subordinates were cited as the reason for dismissal.

The Ukrainian parliament confirmed Kostin as the new Prosecutor-General on July 27, hours after he was nominated by the president.

Kostin previously chaired the Parliamentary Justice Committee, and is an unofficial liaison between Zelenskyy’s administration and ambassadors of G7 countries, helping to coordinate legal matters.

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