Media: Zelensky intends to replace five government ministers

The team of Ukraine’s president-elect Vladimir Zelensky intends to carry out a reshuffle in the administration, reported the Ukrainian publication “Apostrophe” citing a source in the Verkhovna Rada.

According to the source, “Over the past two days, Zelensky’s  representatives have been seeking to replace five ministers: Iryna Friz, Minister of Veterans Affairs; Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure; Hennadiy Zubko, Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Public Utilities; Ihor Nasalyk, Minister of Energy and Coal industry.”

Against this background, the publication delves into the conspiracy theories that have emerged on “Zelensky’s negotiations with the Kremlin”. Specifically, Moscow “oppositionist” and political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin asks the question: why did Zelensky announce his intention to fight for the 24 Ukrainian sailors, if he cannot do anything about it anyway?

“Why mention it if the problem cannot be solved?” Oreshkin said. “It seems rather obvious that he had his reasons for bringing up this topic. He probably got a sign from the other side.”

According to political scientist Oreshkin, since Zelensky talks a lot about stopping the war, but says nothing about Crimea, there is a strong suspicion that “the Zelensky administration and the Kremlin somehow prepared or discussed what Zelensky’s first steps should be.”

“That is why Zelensky immediately set out to tackle two issues: prisoners of war and the Donbass,” Oreshkin assured readers.

  Ukraine, Zelensky, Verkhovna Rada, Crimea