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Zelensky decided to dismiss the head of the SBU Bakanov

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is considering the resignation of the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Ivan Bakanov. According to informed sources, the head of state is dissatisfied with the unprofessional actions of the head of the SBU during the Russian special operation.

Politico writesthat in almost three years of work at the head of the SBU, Bakanov did not manage to organize the work of the department. The main part of the Service’s activities is provided by employees of the President’s office and people who “still are in a good position” of Zelensky and Andriy Yermak, the head of his office, the sources said.

It is also noted that several high-ranking SBU officials left their positions shortly after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. This is blamed on Bakanov, who does not have the skills of anti-crisis management that are now necessary, the newspaper writes.

However, the choice of his successor creates difficulties with the resignation of Bakanov – it is not easy to organize a smooth replacement of the head of the SBU in the current conditions, sources say. In addition, Zelensky is worried about the public reaction to such a personnel decision.

Ivan Bakanov was appointed head of the Security Service of Ukraine in August 2019. In the first months after appointment he was marked by a fight with the head of the presidential administrationthe reason for which was called the personnel decisions of Bakanov – disagreements on the choice of a candidate for the position of head of the Main Investigative Directorate of the SBU.

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