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President Zelenskyy dismisses head of Ukraine’s security services and top prosecutor over allegations of ‘betrayal’ | World news

President Zelenskyy has fired the head of Ukraine’s security service and the prosecutor general over claims of “betrayal” and collaboration by people in their departments.

Ivan Bakanov, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (known as the SBU), was said to be a long time friend of Mr Zelenskyy.

He also fired Attorney General Iryna Venediktova and replaced her with her replacement, Oleksiy Symonenko.

The president said “more than 60 employees of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) have remained in the occupied territory and are working against our state”.

“Such an array of crimes against the foundations of the state’s national security, and the links made between Ukrainian security forces and Russian special services raise very serious questions about their respective leaders,” he added.

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Ivan Bakanov addressed the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev before the war. Photo: Associated Press

The news comes as former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned that any outside attack on the Crimean region would require a “judgment day”.

Russia annexed the Black Sea Peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Moscow also supported pro-Russian armed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, in the event of an attack on Crimea, Mr Medvedev said: “Judgment day will come very quickly and hard. It will be very difficult to hide.”

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Mr Medvedev’s statement came a day after a Ukrainian official suggested that Crimea, which still recognizes most of the world as part of Ukraine, could be a target for US-made HIMARS missiles. recently deployed by Kiev.

The ex-Russian leader has previously warned the United States of the dangers of trying to punish a nuclear power such as Russia over its actions in Ukraine, saying it “endangers humanity”.

On the front lines on Sunday, Russian missiles continued to hit industrial facilities in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, said its mayor Oleksandr Senkevych.

Mykolaiv has been under regular attack in recent weeks as the Russians have sought to soften Ukrainian defenses.

The Russian army has declared a goal to cut off the entire Black Sea coast from Ukraine to the Romanian border.

If successful, such an attempt would have a devastating blow to the Ukrainian economy and trade, and Moscow could secure a land bridge to Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria, which hosts a Russian military base.

President Zelenskyy dismisses head of Ukraine’s security services and top prosecutor over allegations of ‘betrayal’ | World news

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