How successfully Ukrainian government and law enforcers deal with Zelensky's orders?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy periodically gives instructions to different governmental bodies. He names the responsible persons and voices clear deadlines. Does this strategy work?
15:30, 18 February 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

On February 14, three Ukrainian servicemen were killed in the Donbas near Novoluhanske as a result of a mine explosion. Captain Oleksandr Voitenko, senior soldier Dmytro Myronenko and soldier Vyacheslav Alekseenko were blown up by five TM-62 mines installed in a checkerboard pattern.

Against this background, President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered to check all mine-explosive obstacles on the roads and communications in the area of ​​the Joint Forces operation, and also gave ten days to identify those responsible for the tragedy.

As of today, a criminal case has been opened on this fact, and, based on the statements of the president, there is hope for an effective investigation and punishment of those responsible.

But, as experience shows, not all of Zelensky's orders are being fulfilled on time. Some of them even remain in the air until the moment when the public diminishes attention to them. We recall the loudest tasks from the president and see how the responsible persons did not cope with them.

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President gave... enforcement officers two weeks to establish those involved in the leakage of the audio recordings from the meeting of (already former) Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk and representatives of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

The corresponding instruction was announced on January 17, 2020, at a meeting with the heads of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the State Protection Department.

Context. In January last year, a recording appeared on the network, where allegedly the then head of government Oleksiy Honcharuk, the first deputy chairman of the NBU Kateryna Rozhkova and at that time head of the Ministry of Finance Oksana Markarova discussed the dollar exchange rate and economic issues before meeting with Zelensky.

On the recording, one could hear a male voice, similar to that of the prime minister, claiming that "he is a complete layman in the economy," while "Zelensky has a very primitive understanding of economic processes." Soon, the second and third parts of the scandalous negotiations were published on YouTube.

Execution of the order. Until now, it is not known for certain who organized these wiretaps and "leaked" them into the network.

Judging by the statement of former Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, as of February 5, 2020 (that is, 2.5 weeks after the president's order), the law enforcement officers did not have the final results of the investigation into the wiretapping of Honcharuk. And for more than a year now, no official statements have been heard on this case.

The President gave Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova some time until the end of 2020 to show results in the fight against corruption. Last October, during a visit to London, Zelensky gave an interview to British TV journalist, BBC HARDTalk host Stephen Sackur.

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During the conversation, the head of state said that Ruslan Ryaboshapka had not shown any results during his tenure as prosecutor general, so he was fired.

If a similar story repeats itself with his successor, Venediktova, she, according to the president, would receive the same "answer" as Ryaboshapka.

Execution of the order. There have been no high-profile revelations of corruption in Ukraine in recent months.

Iryna Venedyktova
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Venediktova reported that over the eight months of her tenure, the number of persons notified of suspicion of corruption increased by 50%.

On the eve of the deputy head of the Servant of the People faction, Yevhenia Kravchuk, in an interview with Channel 24, assessed the work of the current Prosecutor General as follows:

"...I do not belong to a specialized committee, so I would not want to go into details, into these matters, however, I cannot say that Venediktova should leave the post."

Meanwhile, the European Commission believes that corruption continues to hinder the reform process in Ukraine. French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins earlier this month admitted that the G7 countries are disappointed with the state of the fight against corruption in the country.

President gave...

... police of Lviv region two weeks to achieve results in the fight against crime.

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

Context. In September 2020, during a working trip to the Lviv region, Zelensky held a meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies in the region. He recalled the need to expose and punish the activities of conversion centers and also drew attention to illegal deforestation, which was only partially overcome.

Zelensky said that he does not want to frequently change the heads of law enforcement agencies, but he would do it if necessary.

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Execution of the order. Of course, it is not an easy task to completely combat illegal logging and to suppress the activity of all converting centers in the region in such a period.

However, on January 16, the Main Directorate of the National Police in the Lviv region had a new chief. As explained in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, "the rotation of leaders is carried out in order to more effectively use the potential of law enforcement officials."

President instructed...

...Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov to open a criminal case on the fact of a fire in a nursing home in Kharkiv.

Context. On January 21, a two-story building was burned, converted into a nursing home. The fire killed 15 people, another five were hospitalized.

Previously, the tragedy occurred due to the careless handling of electric heating devices.

Execution of the order. On the very next day after the tragedy, the Office of the Prosecutor General announced the arrest of four people.

Among them were the owner of a two-story building, which he rented out as a boarding house, the tenant of the house, his wife, the director of the boarding house, as well as the administrator who coordinated the work of the institution, but was not officially employed there.

They were informed of the suspicion and subsequently taken into custody for 60 days without the right to be released on bail.

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In this situation, as you can see, law enforcement officers reacted quickly. However, there is a question to the task set by Zelensky. Thus, according to the Constitution of Ukraine, the president is not authorized to issue instructions to initiate criminal cases.

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