Volodymyr Zelensky is putting out fires on the ground and within his cabinet in Ukraine. A drone strike carried out by Russia in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv has resulted in a massive fire and the death of at least one person, according to local officials.
The attack occurred at around 11 p.m. on September 18, and firefighters were dispatched to tackle the ensuing blaze.
Photos released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine showed the sky above the warehouses illuminated by giant flames.
Lviv mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, released a statement saying that a man’s body was discovered under the rubble at one of the warehouses, per Reuters.
The mayor later revealed that the warehouses stored windows, household chemicals, and humanitarian aid.
According to Sadovyi, Russian forces launched a total of 18 drones, with 15 being shot down, including seven directly over the Lviv region.
Ukraine’s air force also weighed in on the attack, but their claims conflicted with those of the Lviv Mayor.
According to the Ukrainian military air division, Russia launched a total of 30 drones and an Iskander ballistic missile overnight. They claim 27 drones were shot down.
In addition to the attack in Lviv, Russian forces also shelled the southern city of Kherson, killing a policeman and injuring two civilians on a trolley bus.
The overnight bombardment of Ukraine follows reports of the Ukrainian government dismissing six deputy defense ministers and the State Secretary for Defense.
Among the dismissed officials are Hanna Maliar, Volodymyr Havrylov, Rostyslav Zamlynskyi, Denys Sharapov, Andrii Shevchenko, and Vitalii Deineha.
Kostiantyn Vashchenko was also dismissed from his post as Defense Ministry’s state secretary.
The Ukraine media outlet Ukrainska Pravda (via Kyiv Independent) reported that all of these officials had resigned upon the request of Ukraine’s new Defense Minister Rustem Umerov.
This latest development follows an ongoing investigation into corruption allegations related to the military’s equipment procurement.
A fortnight ago, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov faced allegations of purchasing military jackets at a significantly inflated cost. He denied the accusations and ultimately resigned, per Associated Press.
While the exact reasons for Ukraine’s most recent sacking of ministers have not yet been disclosed, the country has long battled the scourge of corruption among its most senior officials.
The Council of Europe reported:
“Ukraine ranked 130th among 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 released by ‘Transparency International’. Ukraine improved its last year’s result by one point and got 30 points out of 100 possible.”
In August 2023, Knewz.com learned of Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to replace all of his military recruitment officials.
“He highlighted the various issues discovered during inspections, including illicit enrichment, legalization of illegally obtained funds, unlawful benefit, and illegal transportation of individuals liable for military service across the border.
Zelensky emphasized the importance of managing the recruitment system with individuals who have first-hand experience of war and understand the gravity of the situation.”
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