The State Department spoke about the removal of Venediktova and Bakanov

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The State Department spoke about the dismissal of Venediktova and Bakanov

The day before, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky removed the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov, as well as the Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova.

The United States is aware of the latest personnel decisions of the Ukrainian authorities. The United States will “carefully monitor” the situation, but the exchange of information between countries, including intelligence, will not be affected. State Department spokesman Ned Price stated this on Monday, July 18, during a briefing for journalists.

He noted that the United States is in daily contact with Ukrainian partners. At the same time, he stressed that the United States in its relations with Ukraine “invested in institutions, not specific individuals,” therefore, we are confident that they will be able to establish contact with the new head of the Prosecutor General's Office.

“We take a proactive position regarding information we share with our Ukrainian partners to help them bring to justice those who may have committed war crimes and other atrocities. Often this is not confidential information,” Price said.

what we routinely share with the Attorney General's Office is information from open sources. Yes, we share intelligence with our Ukrainian colleagues, and we will continue to do so. This is an important element of our assistance to Ukraine, which helps it to defend itself,” he added he.

Recall that a personnel audit is taking place in the SBU. The issue of dismissal of 28 officials is being considered.

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