The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko dismissed the Odesa region Governor 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.
As it was reported, Poroshenko appointed Maksym Stepanov as a Chairman of Odesa Region State Administration in 2017.
Stepanov might be linked 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.