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The Temporary Commission of Inquiry, a commission inspecting the state of Ukrzaliznytsia, wants board members and heads dismissed.

The work of the supervisory and management boards of Ukrzaliznytsia are too bad, and some members and the acting head should be dismissed by the Cabinet of Ministers. Those are the conclusions by the Temporary Commission of Inquiry under the Verkhovna Rada.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, the head of the commission (MP Yulia Hryshyna from Servant of the People) said on her facebook page, that the commission saw the acting head of the board and the members as incompetent.

They have now decided to apply to the Cabinet of Ministers to fire the board members in question.

“Both people who are directly responsible for the work of Ukrzaliznytsia, Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy and acting Head of the company’s board Ivan Yuryk, did not even appear at the meeting, sending their subordinates,” she said.

“From now on, the Temporary Commission of Inquiry is switching to a tough regime. All those invited to the next meetings of the Temporary Commission of Inquiry will be given not just messages, but summons. Failure to appear without a sufficient reason will be regarded as an obstacle to the work of the commission and qualify accordingly due to the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” Hryshyna said.

Would be controversial

This week, the cabinet of ministers have met some resistance after they decided to dismiss the CEO, Andriy Kobolyev. According to the people opposing this decision, the move was out of order and a dangerous precedent set by the Cabinet.

The state-owned company Naftogaz, which is the largest taxpayer in Ukraine, reported losses of 19 Billion hryvnias, around 680 million dollars, in 2020. The company reported a profit of 2.6 Billion hryvnias, about 94 million dollars, in 2019, and Naftogaz blame the pandemic and the economic crisis with low gas prices for the bad result.

“All key global mining companies recorded losses in 2020. At the same time, Naftogaz’s management responded to the crisis in a timely manner and prevented unprofitable work in the segment it had a direct impact on,” wrote Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz, on Facebook.

Yuriy Vitrenko has replaced Andriy Kobolyev as CEO.