Ukraine Sacks Two Cyber Defense Officials in Corruption Probe

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    The Facts

    • Amid a probe into corruption and embezzlement, two senior cyber defense officials were sacked from their posts, a Ukrainian government official confirmed on Monday.

    • Yurii Shchyhol, head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, and his deputy, Viktor Zhora, were both fired, Taras Melnychuk, a senior cabinet official, said on Telegram.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    All purchases by the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection were carried out in full compliance with the law. This is merely an investigation at this stage and conclusions should not be reached until the probe has been completed.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    This is yet another worrying example of corruption allegations in Ukraine. Kyiv will have to do a better job of cleaning up these kinds of acts if it wants to eventually be granted entry to the EU.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 30% chance that Ukraine will join the EU before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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