Seven high-ranking officials have been dismissed from the Ukrainian defense ministry, cabinet minister Oleh Nemchinov said Monday, the biggest shakeup of personnel at the top of Ukraine's defense establishment since its leader was ousted earlier this month.
Six of Ukraine's seven deputy defense ministers were fired, as was the country's state secretary for the ministry, a position that is seen as more administrative.
The comes in the wake of a number of corruption scandals involving the ministry -- and a little more than two weeks after Oleksii Reznikov lost his job as defense minister. President Volodymyr Zelensky said Reznikov was being replaced in order to bring "new approaches" to the post. The president has since tapped Rustem Umerov as his replacement.
Though Reznikov was not implicated in any of the scandals, they still appeared to damage him by association.
Before Russia's full-scale invasion, rooting out corruption was the top priority for Zelensky's administration. His promise to do so was one of the reasons for his unprecedented political success.
Zelensky, a former comedian, had zero political experience at the time of his election in 2019. But he managed to tap into the nation’s deep-rooted disappointment and disgust over rampant corruption.
It's unclear whether the dismissals on Monday were connected to allegations of corruptions or were part of the new leadership cleaning house, though Umerov hinted at the latter in a Facebook post.
"Rebooting. We started. We continue. (The) Ministry continues to work as usual," Umerov wrote.
CNN has reached out to the Ministry of Defense for comment.