At the briefing, Stepanov stated that he regards the decree illegal as chairmen od region administrations might be dismissed only under the request the Cabinet of Ministers.
“This is a very weird document,” Stepanov said and added that the President exceeded his authority.
According to Stepanov, Petro Poroshenko offered him to write an application to resign at his own request, but he refused.
Maksym Stepanov also admitted that he is friends with former Mayor Igor Palytsia, Kolomoysky’s business partner.
“I don’t see anything bad in that,” Stepanov stressed.
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.
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.
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.