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Secretary of Ukraine's Security Council Dismissed

Wed 27 Mar 2024 | 11:35 AM
Israa Farhan

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the Secretary-General of the Ukrainian Security Council, Oleksiy Danilov, on Tuesday.

According to the German news agency, Danilov will be replaced by the former head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency, Oleksandr Lytvynenko.

The Security Council, consisting of 21 members, includes government officials, intelligence agency heads, the Attorney General, the Central Bank Governor, and the President of the Academy of Sciences.

The council discusses national security issues under the presidency of President Zelensky. The Secretary-General primarily handles organizational tasks and reports directly to the President.

Oleh Yevashchenko has been appointed as the new head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, previously serving as Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence. These moves come after recent changes in Ukrainian military leadership.

The reasons for Danilov's dismissal have not been disclosed, but he publicly criticized the Chinese mediator Lei Huai on Ukrainian television less than a week ago.

Huai recently traveled to Kyiv and Moscow to explore the possibility of brokering a peace agreement between the conflicting parties.

Last February, Zelensky announced the dismissal of Valeriy Zaluzhny from the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, appointing Alexander Syrsky in his place, who previously led the ground forces.

Ukraine has been facing a Russian invasion for over two years with Western assistance.