The Verkhovna Rada has appointed Iryna Vereshchuk as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Issues of the Uncontrolled Territories of Ukraine. Her candidacy was approved by the majority of votes at a parliamentary meeting, TASS reports.
Before her, this position was held by Aleksey Reznikov, he headed the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Vereshchuk was approved for the post of minister immediately after the vote of the deputies; the draft resolution does not require the president’s signature.
Speaking in parliament, Vereshchuk said that Kiev is not abandoning the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Donbass, but they “are not a roadmap for de-occupation and reintegration.” She also stressed that she intends to take part in the work of the contact group on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass, this decision must be made by the country’s top leadership.
As a minister, Vereshchuk is going to check earlier decisions and instructions. She is also going to work on the early reintegration of the territories not controlled by Kiev.
The Rada also appointed Yulia Sviridenko as First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy of Ukraine. Prior to that, 36-year-old Sviridenko served as deputy head of the president’s office, was the first deputy minister for economic development, trade and agriculture, and in 2018 she served as the governor of the Chernihiv region.
The deputies also supported the appointment of Pavel Ryabikin as Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine.
On the eve it was reported that in Ukraine, five members of the Cabinet of Ministers wrote a letter of resignation. The Verkhovna Rada supported their resignation. The Verkhovna Rada approved the dismissal of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy of the country Alexei Lyubchenko.