Candidates and timeline: Expert Dzhyhun's insight on Kubrakov's replacement

Former Deputy Prime Minister for the Restoration of Ukraine - Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov
Former Deputy Prime Minister for the Restoration of Ukraine - Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov

There are several options for who could take over as infrastructure minister or head the unified ministry, political analyst Maksym Dzhyhun told Radio NV on May 10. 

The expert explained who could replace Oleksandr Kubrakov, who was dismissed from the post of Deputy Prime Minister for the Restoration of Ukraine – Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure, and when this might happen.

“There is talk that one of the deputy heads of the Presidential Office, Oleksiy Kuleba, could take this position, given that he was also the head of the [Kyiv] Oblast Military Administration and that he is now in charge of the regions,” Dzhyhun said.

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“It could be [Oleksiy] Chernyshov, who has already worked in the Ministry of Regional Development, or [Vitaliy] Bezhin, a member of the relevant committee, head of the subcommittee, who actually deals mainly with local self-government and who was the first to write publicly about the talks and desire to fire Kubrakov and disunite the ministry.”

The political analyst also suggested when the appointment might be made.

“It seems to me that we will get a new minister either today or not for months,” he said.

“Because this process can be seriously delayed – there are both procedural and political issues regarding these appointments.”

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The Ukrainian parliament dismissed Oleksandr Kubrakov from the post of Deputy Prime Minister for the Restoration of Ukraine – Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure on May 9. The decision was adopted by 272 MPs.

The minister himself was not present in the hall during the vote, according to Holos MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak.

Kubrakov claimed that no one had discussed the decision to dismiss him with him. He is, nonetheless, ready to provide a detailed report on the work of the ministry in all areas.

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Oleksandr Kubrakov had been the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine since May 2021. In December 2022, the legislature appointed him deputy prime minister and head of the new unified ministry.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal previously announced personnel changes.

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