The Washington Post: There are disagreements between Zelensky and local authorities in Ukraine /v6_top_pics/resized/673xH/media/img/7/48/756596781693487.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
President Volodymyr Zelensky and the government of Ukraine are trying to upstage mayors of Ukrainian cities, maintain control over billions of dollars of international aid and weaken potential political rivals, writes The Washington Post. This causes friction between Kyiv and the regional authorities, who seek to protect and restore cities and towns.
Several mayors of Ukrainian cities told the newspaper that they were concerned that, amid the ongoing Russian special operation, Zelensky’s office was abandoning plans to decentralize power and give greater powers to regional and local authorities.
In addition, the mayors were disappointed by the decision of Kyiv creation of military administrations, which are directly funded by the Ukrainian government, the newspaper writes. In the regions, they believe that local authorities understand better than officials from Kyiv how and where to distribute funds, the newspaper points out.
Thus, the mayor of Dnipro, Boris Filatov, told the publication that in Ukraine “autocratic tendencies are beginning to develop.” The city he leads serves as a key channel for the delivery of weapons and aid to the front, the newspaper writes. “They [the central authorities in Kyiv] are trying to dominate the political field… however, we are not opponents,— said the mayor.
The mayors are at the forefront of protecting Ukrainian cities and would like to have more control over the process of rebuilding them, Filatov added.
The publication also recalls the recent criticism of Zelensky by Filatov. The reason was the deprivation of citizenship of the head of the territorial defense of the Dnepropetrovsk region, Gennady Korban: the mayor of Dnipro expressed the opinion that the central authorities, taking advantage of the situation, began to “create an autocracy.” Filatov and Korban— long-term partners and are considered close to businessman Igor Kolomoisky. The last Zelensky also allegedly deprived of citizenship (a copy of the relevant decree was published by the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Serhiy Vlasenko).
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Formally, men of military age are not allowed to leave the country in Ukraine , recalls the publication. Atroshenko explained the need for the trip by raising funds to repair a badly damaged heating system in Chernihiv.
With sympathy for the situation of the mayor of Chernigov is the mayor of Rivne Alexander Tretyak, the newspaper writes. According to him, Atroshenko “is trying to do everything possible to attract investors, invite businesses, invite other countries to help, solve the problem.”
“I'm trying to do the same. <…> I can't just sit back and wait for my central government to give me some help,” — Tretyak told the publication.
The newspaper writes that Zelensky's disagreements with local authorities are taking place against the backdrop of “contradictory” changes in the top leadership of Ukraine. We are talking about the resignations of the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova. They were dismissed for improper performance of duties.
Zelensky said that the decision was made in connection with “very serious issues” to both because of the connection of employees of their departments with Russia. Shortly before Bakanov’s resignation, Oleg Kulinich, the former head of the SBU in Crimea, was detained in a case of treason. Sources “Strana.ua” they said that Bakanov was close to Kulinich and did not know about the development of the operation to detain him.
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