The cabinet of Denys Shmygal ended up with five vacant posts Tuesday after Ukrainian lawmakers swiftly removed a third of his ministers.
Dismissal of Ukraine’s environment minister Roman Abramovsky was a mere formality after he said he was resigning two weeks earlier, and 322 MPs said yes to his departure.
It was his third ministerial role, prior to it he worked as deputy minister of regional development and housing (2015) and later in the same role in energy sector and environment ministry (2019).
Two more resigning cabinet members are minister Oleksiy Taran who got a lot of flak for his involvement in botched Wagner mercenaries sting operation and deputy prime-minister Oleh Uruskiy who obvioulsy failed to deliver overseeing strategic industries.
Economy minister Oleksiy Lubchenko was also sent home packing – the former state tax office chief barely lasted 5 months in this challenging ministerial role.
Another deputy prime-minister Oleksey Reznikov broke the news about his resignation two days earlier. His removal from the post of leading the temporarily occupied territories integration minister is viewed as part of the big cabinet reshuffle.
According to reports, Reznikov has been tipped as a new defense minister while another ‘Servant of the People’ senior MP Iryna Vereshchuk is poised to step in for him in the ministry of reintegration of temporarirly occupied territories should the parliament approves her nomination.