Ukraine’s president fires Lithuanian head of defence industry

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Aivaras Abromavičius, a Lithuanian national, from his position as the head of the country’s defence industry giant Ukroboronprom.

After the Maidan revolution in 2014, Abromavičius received a Ukrainian citizenship to serve as the country’s Economy Minister under the former president Petro Poroshenko. He resigned in February 2016, saying that various lobbies were blocking his reforms.

He joined Ukroboronprom that employs around 80,000 people last August.

On Wednesday, Abromavičius told that he decided to join a private business and has also founded an academy of cooperative management together with other Lithuanian nationals.

He told reporters he had agreed with Zelensky that he would resign once the coronavirus situation in the country stabilises.

According to Abromavičius, 70 new people had joined the company during his tenure, and the heads of a number of factories operating under Ukroboronprom had been replaced.

“The biggest achievement was that during this whole time there was not a single corruption scandal surrounding the new team,” he told

During the 2019 election campaign, before Abromavičius had joined Ukroboronprom, journalists reported large-scale corruption at the company.


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