Penasihat prominent President Volodymyr Zelensky, Aleksey Arestovich. Photo/facebook
KIEV – President Volodymyr Zelensky’s top adviser, Aleksey Arestovich, tendered his resignation, after making comments that sparked a heated argument.
He acknowledged directly that Ukrainian forces had shot down a Russian missile over the city of Dnepr before it reportedly landed in the apartment block, killing dozens of people.
This statement made Aleksey Arestovich a massive harvest of criticism. Commentators assumed he blamed the Ukrainian military for the deaths.
Arestovich distributed his handwritten resignation letter, addressed to Andrey Yermak, Zelensky’s chief of staff, on Tuesday morning (17/1/2023).
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He claimed to have shown “an example of civilized behavior” by leaving his position in the Ukrainian government.
Later in the day, Zelensky’s office confirmed Arestovich’s request had been accepted.
The presidential aide earlier described his remarks as “a serious mistake, made during a live broadcast.”
“The level of hate directed at me is incomparable to the consequences of the broadcast error,” said Arestovich.
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