Andriy Kostin

Andriy Kostin appointed new Prosecutor General of Ukraine

The Ukrainian president announced in his daily video intervention on Wednesday evening the appointment of Andriy Kostin to replace Iryna Venediktova, dismissed on July 17 for cases of treason among her services.

Mr. Kostin, a 49-year-old deputy, member of Mr. Zelensky’s party, Servant of the People, won the support of 299 of the 450 Ukrainian parliamentarians. Some opponents criticized an overly partisan choice, but President Zelensky underlined the professionalism of this former lawyer.

On Tuesday, the United States called on Ukraine to appoint a prosecutor capable of fighting corruption. But Mr Kostin’s first task, the Ukrainian leader stressed, will be to “do everything in his power to prove Russia’s responsibility in the war”, “in cooperation with the International Criminal Court”.

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