The United States will continue to provide intelligence to Ukraine following recent personnel changes in the inner circle of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the US State Department announced on Monday.
Zelensky shunned his childhood friend as head of Ukraine’s security service and another close ally as the chief instigator of the biggest domestic purge of the war in Kiev, citing their failure to root out Russian spies.
Zelensky admitted that two of his allies, SBU security chief Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova, failed to identify “traitors” in their organizations.
“We are in daily contact with our Ukrainian counterparts … We don’t invest in individuals, we invest in institutions,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at a news conference.
“We have an intelligence-sharing relationship with our Ukrainian partners … We continue to move forward with that,” he added.
More than 60 officials from Bakanov’s SBU security agency and prosecutor’s office were working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied territory, and 651 cases of treason and cooperation were brought against security officials, Zelensky said earlier.
Zelensky, who was hailed on the world stage as a decisive wartime leader, was criticized before the invasion on charges that he appointed friends and others to positions for which they were ill-suited.