Ukraine is expected to shake up top ministerial positions, including replacing Oleksii Reznikov as defense minister with Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the country’s current military intelligence chief. Parliament members still have to vote on the proposed changes.
“War dictates personnel policy. Time and circumstances call for strengthening and regrouping. This is happening now and will continue to happen in the future,” David Arakhamia, leader of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party in parliament, said on his Telegram channel Sunday.
Reznikov, a politician who has been defense minister since November 2021, is expected to become the minister for strategic industries, where he will be charged with strengthening military-industrial cooperation, Arakhamia said. Budanov’s elevation to defense minister would be “absolutely logical for wartime,” given that he is a career military officer, Arakhamia added.
The reshuffling comes amid a midwinter surge in fighting and warnings of a new Russian offensive preparing in the east. The changes also come amid a wider crackdown on corruption. Although Reznikov was not implicated in the misappropriation of funds, the defense ministry did come under scrutiny after Ukrainian journalists reported that the country’s military had paid inflated prices for food for its troops.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
2. The battle for Bakhmut
4. From our correspondents
Attacking Vuhledar, Russia previews new push to seize southeastern Ukraine: About 70 miles southwest of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s embattled Donetsk region, a Russian offensive is unfolding in the city of Vuhledar. The Post’s Steve Hendrix and Serhii Korolchuk report that Vuhledar holds geographical significance: The deserted coal-mining city lies where the eastern front of the war meets Russia’s line of control to the south.
Russian fighters have made near-daily attempts to overwhelm Ukrainian forces defending the city, who have staved off the attacks with artillery, much of it donated by Western allies.
“We are more in a defensive position,” said Andrii, a machine-gunner who had just come off a five-day stint outside Vuhledar, where he slept in a log-covered trench. “We are not making gains from here.”