: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukrainian leader seeks more independence, fires top aide


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president dismissed his chief of staff on Tuesday in a sign of intensifying rivalries in his entourage and a possible move to distance himself from a powerful billionaire.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration released his decree ousting Andriy Bohdan and putting foreign affairs adviser Andriy Yermak in the post instead.

Ukrainian media long have reported about a political tug-of-war between Bohdan and Yermak. Volodymyr Fesenko, head of the Penta Center think-tank, said Bohdan’s aggressive style “has won him a lot of enemies and hampered agreements.”

Observers saw Bohdan’s dismissal as a sign that Zelenskiy, a former comic actor, wants …read more

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