Switching Spymasters Amid War is Risky

Valentin Nalyvychenko, head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), is in trouble again. On June 15, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was “unsatisfied” with Nalyvychenko’s work. Three days later, Ukraine’s parliament dismissed him.At a time when the Minsk II ceasefire agreement is a ceasefire in name only and the threat of Russian espionage, sabotage, and invasion loom on a daily basis, sacking the country’s intelligence chief for political reasons is risky. Then again, this is not the first time there has been speculation about Nalyvychenko’s dismissal. However, in each case, Nalyvychenko’s performance in fighting Russian aggression had kept …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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