Oleg Tatarov rules over Ukraine's internal security appointments
A series of recent appointments serves to confirm the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office's status as the unofficial head recruiter for the internal security apparatus.
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The helicopter that crashed in Ukraine last month, killing the country's interior minister, was one of a fleet from France that security officials had complained were in poor condition. The role of the previous minister, Arsen Avakov, in the deal is under scrutiny.
Along with the loss of the Minister of the Interior Denys Monastyrskiy, it will be tough for Kyiv to replace his deputy, Yevheniy Yenin. This former all-terrain intelligence officer was well integrated in European circles and was a specialist in international disputes between Ukraine and Russia.
The Ukrainian intelligence landscape has undergone deep tectonic shifts since Russia's invasion nearly a year ago. Former prominent figures have fallen while previously less sought-after services have risen in power, cooperation partnerships have been formed and missions refocused.
France was quick to set aside its reservations about the likelihood of an imminent Russian invasion and put its intelligence services and military units on standby a few hours before it started. The main focus was then to make up for its human resource gaps.
The Ukrainian president has unveiled plans to create the first public airline in Ukraine since 2004, which will have 22 Airbus aircraft. However, in doing so he is stepping on the toes of oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who commands Ukraine International Airlines' 26-aircraft fleet.
Over the past few years, South Korea has been a complicated territory for Airbus. The group, battered by difficult commercial campaigns and multiple anti-corruption investigations, finally seems to be regaining its foothold in both the civil and military markets.
Ukraine wants to get its fleet up to NATO standards and has increased purchases of naval equipment from alliance members. A deal with the UK has snagged over disagreements that the British defence corps hope to settle when President Volodymyr Zelensky visits London this week.
Former intelligence officer and top lawyer Yevgeniy Yenin, an experienced fighter of Kiev's legal battles against Moscow, has been appointed deputy interior minister, bringing his extensive experience to an institution recently shaken by the departure of the influential minister, Arsen Avakov.
Quick to enact his series of reforms, Volodymyr Zelensky approved new cybersecurity and foreign policy strategies on 26 August, marking the strengthening of the country's cyber apparatus and the creation of a formal roadmap for its international relations.
The Ukrainian president has used the all-powerful minister of internal affairs Arsen Avako's departure to replace key appointments within the armed forces, foreign intelligence and internal security services, all with his trusted right-hand man Andriy Yermak never far from the picture.
As Volodymyr Zelensky urges lawmakers to pass his "anti-oligarch" law, Viktor Medvedchuk, Valdimir Putin's strongman in Ukraine, and his party are looking for allies abroad. They brought over three French senators on an all-expenses-paid trip to meet the party leader Vadim Rabinovich.
Petro Poroshenko's defeat in Ukraine's presidential elections last month has triggered intense in-fighting between the defence industry's established movers and shakers and newcomers keen to get in on the action. Western allies and defence companies are watching with trepidation.