August 8, 2022

Ukraine confirmed skilled investigator Oleksandr Klymenko as the top of its Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Workplace on Thursday, responding to a European Union request because it seeks EU membership.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned on the Telegram messaging app that Prosecutor Basic Andriy Kostin’s first vital determination since being voted into workplace on Wednesday had been to log out on Klymenko’s appointment.

“The struggle towards corruption is a precedence for our state, as our funding attractiveness and enterprise freedom rely on its success,” Andriy Yermak, the top of Zelenskiy’s presidential workplace, wrote on Telegram.

Klymenko was appointed after an extended choice course of following his predecessor’s resignation almost two years in the past. He beforehand labored for the nationwide anti-corruption bureau, one other state physique that tackles corruption.

Progress in combating corruption is one among Kyiv’s long-term commitments to its Western companions and its want of economic, political and navy help has elevated sharply since Russia invaded on Feb. 24.

The EU granted Ukraine candidate standing earlier this month, placing it on the lengthy street to membership, however mentioned vital work remained to be completed together with on combating corruption.

In a video deal with to Ukraine’s parliament on July 1, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned that such work included appointing an anti-corruption prosecutor as quickly as attainable.

“Ukraine delivers on one of many suggestions that accompanied the EU candidate standing,” Matti Maasikas, the EU ambassador to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter. “A protracted choice course of finalised, providing classes. I want Mr Klymenko energy and braveness!”

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America additionally welcomed Klymenko’s appointment.

“His workplace performs an important position in Ukraine’s anti-corruption infrastructure and is a key aspect of Ukraine’s protection towards Russia’s affect and aggression,” Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter.

(Modifying by Timothy Heritage)

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