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Two Allies In Ukraine Of Odesa's Former Governor Quit Posts

Yulia Marushevska
Yulia Marushevska

Two close allies in Ukraine of Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili have resigned from their posts, just days after Saakashvili himself stepped down from his post as the governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region.

Yulia Marushevska, the head of the Odesa region’s customs service, and Ukraine’s National Police Chief Khatia Dekanoidze announced their resignations on November 14.

Marushevska, who headed Odesa’s customs service since October 2015, said she was resigning because of what she said was sabotage by President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman of her anticorruption reform efforts.

There was no immediate comment from Poroshenko or Hroysman about Marushevska’s allegations.

Dekanoidze said she was resigning because she had not been given enough powers to carry out radical reforms within Ukraine's police forces.

Dekanoidze said she had "failed to root out corruption" within Ukraine’s law-enforcement bodies because of her limited powers.

She said police reform would only work if the courts and prosecution service were also reformed.

Based on reporting by The Kyiv Post and 112UA

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