Kyiv, Luhansk, Chernivtsi, Cherkasy governors removed from their positions

Author : Yaroslav Konoshchuk

Source : 112 Ukraine

While Poroshenko is changing the regional heads of districts, MPs negotiate on a possible replacement of some other heads of the regional state administrations, particularly in Ukraine’s southern regions
09:30, 2 November 2018

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Into the new year with the new governors! Apparently, President’s Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers decided to do so and therefore began changing the regional leaders. October 24, Cabinet of Ministers agreed on the dismissal of the heads of four regional state administrations: Oleksandr Horhan (Kyiv Regional Administration), Yuriy Harbuz (Luhansk Regional Military-Civilian Administration), Yuriy Tkachenko (Cherkasy Regional Administration), and Olexandr Fischuk (Chernivtsi Regional Administration). On the same day, the government agreed on the appointment of Oleksandr Tereshchuk to the Kyiv Regional State Administration and Oleksandr Velbovets to Cherkasy.

From governors to deputies

Oleksandr Horhan has long been considered to be fired soon. As a result, the governor remained in the office for two years. According to sources in the coalition factions, the head of the region was charged with the absence of a pro-presidential majority in the regional council. The conflict has lasted for these years.

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Since 2014, businessman Kostiantyn Bondarev, who is considered close to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has a great influence on Kyiv Regional Council, as well as a number of district councils of the region. For example, the regional council could make a decision regarding the distribution of 82 billion USD of regional budget funds "for the socio-economic development of the region" only in April of this year.

According to Slovo i Dilo portal, Oleksandr Horhan ranked last in the list of fulfilled promises.  

In addition, according to our interlocutors, the ex-head of the regional state administration quarreled with part of the local elites, as well as "failed the party activity of the pro-presidential political force." It is rumored that Yaroslav Moskalenko (Horhan is called his man) began to drift towards Tymoshenko’s "Batkivshchyna" party. Sources add that thanks to Moskalenko’s efforts, Horhan was able to keep his chair last year. Horhan calls his resignation “planned.”

According to sources in the coalition factions, the large-scale process of dismissing the district administrations heads has already been launched. “Bankova (President’s Administration – Ed.) expects Tereshchuk to work for Poroshenko’s victory in the upcoming presidential election,” our interlocutors say.

By the way, Tereshchuk is called a man of former Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema.

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There is some information about Horhan’s future. Our sources claim that the ex-head of the Kyiv region might run for parliament (district No. 93 in Kyiv region).

What about the rest?

Yuriy Tkachenko was appointed the head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration in 2014 by acting president Turchynov. After Poroshenko became the president, Tkachenko was reassigned. The main reason for this resignation was the tense relations of the governor with a businessman Yuriy Kosyuk, who is close to Bankova. Cherkasy was a very important region for his business. In 2015, Tkachenko stated that he “will not allow the expansion of the capacity of Myronivsky Hliboproduct company, headed by Kosyuk, without the proper availability of permits.”

The new head of the region was the chairman of Cherkassy Regional Council, Olexandr Velbovets, who is considered to be close to Yuriy Kosyuk. The new governor has a mixed past. In 2010, Velbovets, who at that time was a village chief, was suspected of bribery. He himself calls this criminal case fabricated.  

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Two years after his appointment, Yuriy Harbuz, head of Luhansk regional military-civil administration, was also dismissed. The reason for his dismissal was the conflict with the MP Serhiy Shakhov from Nash Krai (Our Land) group, which is considered close to the Presidential Administration. In summer, the parliamentarian publicly demanded Harbuz’s resignation.

So far, the Luhansk military-civil administration will remain without a full-fledged leader. Yuriy Harbuz to be replaced by his deputy Serhiy Fil, who, according to the Verkhovna Rada’s website, is a volunteer assistant to the leader of the Poroshenko’s faction Artur Herasimov, and according to a number of media reports, he took part in the election campaign of MP Serhiy Shakhov.

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Oleksandr Fischuk, head of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration, was officially dismissed at his own request but continues to fulfill his duties. Fischuk has taken the post in 2015. Prior to that, in 2012, he was elected a people's deputy.

The main reason for the dismissal of Fischuk was the conflict with the leader of the National Front faction, Maksym Burbak. Fischuk repeatedly accused Burbak of destabilizing the situation in the region. Bukbak, in turn, hinted that the head of the region serves the interests of businessman Dmytro Firtash.

This is not the end of the regional personnel changes. While the head of state is changing the regional heads of districts, MPs negotiate on a possible replacement of some other heads of the regional state administrations, particularly in Ukraine’s southern regions.

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