2 top Ukrainian officials suspended, accused of failing to purge Russian spies from ranks

by Abdulhaqq Obisesan Oladimeji

Nearly five months after Moscow’s invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suspended the country’s security chief and top prosecutor, saying they failed to purge Russian spies from their organizations.

Volodymyr Sivkovych, a former deputy secretary of the Ukrainian Security Council, is under investigation for allegedly working for Russian intelligence services and managing a network of agents that spied for the country in Ukraine

Oleh Kulinich, the former deputy head of Ukraine’s Security Service in Crimea, was detained last week, under suspicion of being part of the same network.

Hundreds of Ukrainian have been rounded up on accusations of treason and collaboration with the enemy, a process Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called “self-purification”.

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