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“We are preparing new reforms in Ukraine”

On Wednesday, Ukrainian authorities raided the home of billionaire Igor Kolomoisky as part of an investigation into possible financial crimes.

David Arakhamia, one of the well-known and influential representatives of the Servant of the People party, to which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy belongs, confirmed the search of Kolomoisky’s house, as well as other searches carried out at the tax office and the home of Arsen Avakov, the country’s former interior minister.

Avakov said his home was raided as part of an investigation into the January 18 helicopter crash that killed 14 people, including Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky.

According to Avakov, investigators are looking into the case of the purchase of an Airbus helicopter model that crashed six years ago, but “nothing relevant to the interest of the investigation has been found” .

Arakhamia called the authorities’ actions a massive fight against corruption, in which more than a dozen officials resigned or were fired last week.

“The country will change during the war. If someone is not ready for change, then the state itself will come to help him change,” Arakhamia wrote in Telegram.

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) later said it uncovered a scheme to embezzle more than $1 billion from Ukrnafta Oil Company and Ukrtatnafta Oil Refinery, companies partly owned by Kolomoisky.

Remember that in two days Kiev will host a summit with the EU, during which the Ukrainian authorities intend to show that they are acting after many years of chronic corruption in the country.

According to Arakhamia, the entire management of the customs service will be fired and the notices of suspicion will be handed over to senior officials of the Ministry of Defense.

On Tuesday, Zelensky said that new personnel decisions would soon be made and that “new reforms” would affect the social, legal and political reality in Ukraine.

“We are preparing new reforms in Ukraine which will change the social, legal and political realities”, explained the Ukrainian president.

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