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    Volodymyr Zelensky Has Promised To Confront Corruption In Ukraine

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    The country’s problem has been put into the background due to the ongoing war with Russia but the president has promised new steps on uprooting it this week.

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    Zelensky’s pledge comes after allegations of senior-level corruption, including a report of dubious practices in military procurement despite official promoting national unity to confront the Russian invasion.

    In his nightly video address, the Ukrainian leader said: “I want this to be clear: there will be no return to what used to be in the past, to the way various people close to state institutions or those who spent their entire lives chasing a chair used to live.”

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    Ukraine has a history of corruption and shaky governance and the European Union made anti-corruption reforms one of the key requirements for the country’s membership after granting Kyiv candidate status this year.

    Zelensky said: “This week will be the time for appropriate decisions. The decisions have already been prepared. I do not want to make them public at this time, but it will all be fair.”

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    The president was elected in 2019 on pledges to change the way the former Soviet state was governed and said that his government had accepted the resignation of a deputy minister following an investigation into allegations that he accepted a bribe.

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