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Butusov to resign as adviser to Minister of Defense: no reforms in sight, no centrally managed policy, no reaction to trivial problems

18.05.2021, 14:43
Photo credit: Yuriy Butusov's Facebook page
Photo credit: Yuriy Butusov's Facebook page

Yuriy Butusov, editor-in-chief of the online publication Censor.NET, decide to resign as an adviser to the Minister of Defense. Yuriy Butusov said it  on his Facebook page on May 18.

"I have decided to resign as a public adviser to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran," he wrote.

According to him, the threat of full-scale Russian aggression revealed "gross failures and deficiencies" the Ministry of Defense has. "The problems of the army are not analyzed and are sustituted by grandstanding," as Butusov said.

"The Minister of Defense does not react even to those trivial problems that are publicly revealed by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Defense, such as food, construction of arsenals, the State Defense Order, the ammunition crisis. Meanwhile, theft in the army on fuel, procurement, repairs remains a mass phenomenon. Nobody answers, ”the journalist wrote.

He also wrote that there is no centrally managed defense policy in Ukraine. "So, even those problems that the Ministry of Defense is trying to solve objectively, such as territorial defense, the introduction of automated control systems, are disabled due to lack of coordination at the highest level," Yuriy Butusov wrote.

According to Yuriy Butusov, the military and political leadership of Ukraine "does not plan quality reforms in the army."

He also noted that the case of the failure of a special operation to seize Russian Wagner terrorists has not been investigated for eight months, and the Verkhovna Rada is "blocking the establishment of a committee of inquiry." In total, according to him, in 2020 "there were seven failures of special operations of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, as a result of which a significant number of people were detained by the enemy and there are casualties," but "the Ministry of Defense ignores a number of these failures."

The journalist noted that his vision of military reform could not be realized today. And he made public his doctrine of military reform in Ukraine.

As IMI reported, on December 19, 2020 December Yuriy Butusov, editor-in-chief of the online publication Censor.Net, accepted the offer from the head of the Misnistry of Defense Andriy Taran to take up position of freelance adviser for two months.

On December 8, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine offered the editor-in-chief of the online publication "Censor.NET" Yuriy Butusov "to take one of the ministerial positions." 

On December 9, the Ministry of Defense said to have learnt the journalist's program, which "demonstrated failure to understand the limits and content of the functional responsibilities of the positions he is applying for." At the same time, Butusov was invited for an interview on December 10.

But later on, on December 10, Butusov said that no Defense Ministry employee had contacted him. But on the website of the ministry an information was made public saying that the ministry was " to report the lack of vacancies corresponding to the level of his ambitions, which currently exceed his level of necessary competencies."

The journalist said that he would sue the Ministry of Defense and would demand an apology from the ministry for public insults.

As IMI reported, on September 3, 2020, the editor-in-chief of the online publication "" Yuriy Butusov said that he was summoned for questioning to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in the case of a special operation aimed to detain 28 members of Wagner Group in Belarus.

On September 28, 2020, host Yanina Sokolova and editor-in-chief of the online publication Censor.Net Yuriy Butusov were summoned for questioning by the State Bureau of Investigation in the case of a special operation to detain 28 members of Wagner Group in Belarus.

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