However, Parashchenko performs the duties of the acting governor of Odesa region. The reason for this is that Maksym Stepanov, the current Chairman of Odesa Region State Administration, refused to leave the position, reasoning that Poroshenko's order on his dismissal was an unlawful one. Director of the Department of Education and Science Olexandr Lonchak and Director of the Department of Healthcare Olena Teriayeva agreed with Stepanov on this issue.
Sergiy Parashchenko continues to work as the first deputy of the governor for now.
Sergiy Parashchenko was born in 1972 in Vynogradivka, Odesa region. He headed an agricultural production cooperative, then - farming enterprise. Since March 2019, he held the post of First Deputy Chairman of Odesa Region State Administration. The relevant data can be found on the website of Odesa Administration.
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko dismissed the Chairman of Odesa Region State Administration Maksym Stepanov and entrusted Sergiy Parashchenko to perform the duties of the acting governor. The relevant orders and No. 108/2019 were signed on April 6.
Stepanov might have ties with businessmen from Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s (ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine – February 2014 – April 2016, - ed.) entourage. In 2015, Stepanov was recognized “Person of the Year” in a nomination “Manager of the Year” for his accomplishments on the post of printing and publishing integrated works Ukraine.
Sergey Parashchenko is believed to be appointed to this position in order to strengthen Poroshenko's position in Odesa region, as in the first round of the presidential elections Poroshenko has demonstrated quite modest results in Odesa region.