August 8, 2022

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

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned new Prosecutor Basic Andriy Kostin had signed off on Klymenko’s appointment after the investigator was chosen by a particular choice committee.

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

The EU granted Ukraine candidate standing this month, placing it on the lengthy highway to membership, however mentioned Kyiv nonetheless had work to do in a number of areas together with preventing corruption and known as for the appointment of an anti-corruption prosecutor.

“All the things that we should do for this (EU membership), we’ll do,” Zelenskiy instructed parliament on Thursday, underlining Kyiv’s dedication to assembly the EU’s entry necessities.

Matti Maasikas, the EU ambassador to Ukraine, welcomed Klymenko’s appointment.

“Ukraine delivers on one of many suggestions that accompanied the EU candidate standing,” he wrote on Twitter.

Underlining the significance of Klymenko’s affirmation in workplace, Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter: “His workplace performs a vital position in Ukraine’s anti-corruption infrastructure and is a key ingredient of Ukraine’s protection towards Russia’s affect and aggression.”

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, visiting Kyiv, promised continued navy, humanitarian and monetary help in Ukraine’s struggle towards Russia and help for Ukraine on the highway to EU accession.

“We’ll proceed to offer skilled help and work collectively to speed up the beginning of negotiations on EU membership,” he instructed the Ukrainian parliament.

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He offered Zelenskiy with the Order of Vytautas the Nice with the Golden Chain, Lithuania’s highest state award, “for his deserves in defending freedom and democratic values in Europe along with the Ukrainian folks”.

(Additonal rpeorting by Max Hunder, Enhancing by Timothy Heritage)

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