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Zelenskyy sacks security services chief and top prosecutor over ‘treason’ allegations

President Zelenskyy fired the head of Ukraine’s security service and prosecutor general due to claims of “treason” and cooperation by employees of their departments.

Ivan Bakanov (also known as the SBU), is said to have been a long-time friend of Mr Zelenskyy.

He also fired Iryna Venediktova, the prosecutor general, and replaced her with Oleksiy Symonenko, her deputy.

According to the president, “more than 60 employees of both the prosecutor’s office (Security Service of Ukraine),” remained on the occupied territory and worked against the state.

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He said, “An array of crimes against foundations of the state’s national security is so serious and the links between Ukrainian security forces with Russian special services raises very serious questions about their leaders.”

Image: Ivan Bakanov addresses the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv, before the war. Pic by Associated Press

This news comes just as Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president, warned that any outside attack against the Crimea region could lead to a “judgement date”.

Russiaannexed Crimea’s Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Moscow also supported pro-Russian armed separatists within the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

According to Russian TASS news agency: In the event of an attack against Crimea, Mr Medvedev stated that “Judgement Day will come very quickly and hard.” It will be difficult to hide.”

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The statement of Mr Medvedev came just days after a Ukrainian official suggested that Crimea, which the majority of the world recognizes as being part of Ukraine, might be a target of US-made HIMARS missiles. These missiles were recently deployed by Kyiv.

Ex-Russian leader warned America about the dangers of trying to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine. He also stated that this could “endanger mankind”.

According to Oleksandr Senkevych, Mykolaiv’s mayor, Russian missiles hit the frontlines on Sunday.

In recent weeks, Mykolaiv was repeatedly attacked by the Russians as they sought to weaken Ukrainian defenses.

Russian military declared that it would cut Ukraine’s entire Black Sea coast to the Romanian border.

If it is successful, this would be a devastating blow to Ukraine’s economy and trade. It would also allow Moscow to establish a land bridge to Transnistria, Moldova’s separatist region. This area hosts a Russian military base.

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