Amid graft scandal, Ukraine to appoint Muslim Defence Chief Rustem Umerov

Kyiv, Ukraine : In Ukraine corruption has been endemic, especially in non-transparent procurement contracts – and where new forms of corruption emerged after the Russian invasion, experts and servicemen have told the News Agencies.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy , said that the defence ministry has to find “new approaches and other formats of interaction between the military and the public.
Zelenskyy, came to power on anticorruption slogans, appointed Reznikov in November 2021 as Defence Minster of Ukraine three months before the full-scale war with Russia began. Reznikov was dismissed by President Zelensky last Sunday. The president said he wants to replace him with Rustem Umerov a Muslim as Defence Minister of Ukraine. Rustum Umerov is from the Muslim Tatar community in Crimea that largely opposed the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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