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Ukraine's Zelenskyy fires top spy chief and prosecutor general | Politico |

After Zelenskyy won a landslide presidential vote in 2019, he set out to clean up the SBU and tapped Bakanov to lead the charge in an attempt to showcase the newly elected leader's determination to prove to the West that Kyiv was serious about reforms.

But Bakanov's appointment was criticized by opposition parties who said someone with his background was unfit to lead the top intelligence-gathering agency. He had been at Zelenskyy's side since the latter rose from a scrawny comedian in the industrial, south-central city of Kryvyi Rih to a muscular, war-hardened leader famous well beyond Ukraine's borders.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 10:43:57 AM EST
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... according to four officials close to the president and a Western diplomat who has advised Kyiv on reforms needed to revamp the SBU.

"Revamp" is a colossal understatement of the commitment required by UA.gov to "build back better" SBU historical reputation and impunity running a state-sponored terrorist institution.

On or after the unlikely event, say, the Rada announces (1) a Truth and Reconciliation hearings for the common folk; and  (2) ransoms sundry opposition party representatives MIA.

(line items of $750 BILLION Reconstruction Fund budget).

by Cat on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 01:49:53 PM EST
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Politico defaces WWII.

Known by its Ukrainian acronym, the SBU is the successor agency of the Soviet-era KGB [FALSE]. With more than 30,000 employees, the SBU is more than seven times the size of Britain's MI5 and nearly the size of the FBI -- which employs 35,000 people -- despite Ukraine being 16 times smaller than the U.S.
by Cat on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 04:38:57 PM EST
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