In the wake of a massive corruption scandal that has rocked Ukraine’s government, several top officials have been forced to resign, including the former defense minister, the army’s chief of staff, and a regional governor.
The scandal centers around the alleged misappropriation of funds intended to support the war effort against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The scandal has sparked a political crisis in the country and has led to the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who has been replaced by Volodymyr Groysman.
The resignations of the top defense officials come amid an ongoing battle with the separatists, who have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014. The war has killed more than 9,000 people and displaced 1.5 million others, according to the United Nations.
The scandal also prompted a reshuffling in the government, with several ministers and deputies taking on new roles.
President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to tackle corruption in the government and has promised to overhaul the defense ministry and army. He has also promised to introduce a new legal framework to combat corruption in the public sector.