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Parliament approves Laputina's resignation as veterans affairs minister

by Martin Fornusek and The Kyiv Independent news desk and Nate Ostiller February 7, 2024 1:44 PM 1 min read
Veteran Affairs Minister Yuliia Laputina visits the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine, to pay tribute to the Ukrainian defenders who lost their lives in the war against Russia on Sept. 1, 2022. (Markiian Lyseiko/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
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Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Feb. 7 approved the resignation of Yuliia Laputina as the veterans affairs minister, lawmaker Yaroslav Zhelezniak said. The resignation was supported by 302 lawmakers, with no votes against the move.

Laputina submitted her resignation to parliament on Feb. 5.

The news came a day after President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was planning a large-scale reset of Ukraine’s leadership amid rumors of the potential dismissal of Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi.

Laputina did not specify the reason for her decision in the resignation letter.

The Veterans Affairs Ministry was created in 2018, four years after Russia first invaded Donbas and illegally annexed Crimea, in order to implement state policy on social protections for war veterans.

Former Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in August 2023 that around a million Ukrainians had become combat veterans since the Russian invasion of Donbas in 2014.

Laputina has served as the ministry’s head since December 2020. Previously, she had years-long experience in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

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