A number of senior Ukrainian officials have resigned over the past few days following allegations of corruption. The latest high-profile resignation came on Tuesday when the acting head of Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau, Artem Sytnyk, stepped down from his post.
Sytnyk had been under investigation for his role in the alleged misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds. The investigation was launched after a Ukrainian government audit revealed that a number of senior officials had allegedly misused state funds for personal gain.
The resignations were part of a larger effort by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to root out corruption in the country’s public sector. Zelensky has promised to take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and has said that he will not hesitate to fire any government officials found to have engaged in any kind of wrongdoing.
The resignations come at a time when Ukraine is facing an economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the International Monetary Fund predicting that the country will see its economy shrink by 9.7% this year. Zelensky is hoping that by cracking down on corruption, he can restore public trust in the government and help the country’s economy recover.