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4 November, 2021
Reshuffle in government: What is known about the new ministers?
The Verkhovna Rada has appointed new heads of a number of ministries. Oleksiy Reznikov became the new Minister of Defence, the Ministry of Strategic Industries is now headed by Pavlo Ryabikin, Iryna Vereshchuk moved from the Parliament to the Ministry of Reintegration, and Yulia Svyridenko moved from the Office of the President to the Ministry of Economy. What is known about the new ministers?
Oleksiy Reznikov
Oleksiy Reznikov is the second civil defence minister in the history of Ukraine.
He called increasing the military’s financial security his top priority.
Prior to his appointment as Minister of Defence, Oleksiy Reznikov held the position of Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories. During his tenure, Reznikov stressed the need to increase military assistance to Ukraine from other countries, including the United States, and repeatedly criticized Russia and actively spoke in favor of deploying U.S. troops in Ukraine.
He was also a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group for the Peaceful Settlement of the Donbas Conflict. Prior to that, Mr. Reznikov worked in local government, practiced law, and taught. He has the honorary title of Honored Lawyer of Ukraine.
In 2004, he was one of Viktor Yushchenko’s representatives before the Supreme Court, where he argued for a third round of voting because of the rigged presidential election. He was also a lawyer in the case of the privatization of Kryvorizhstal, where he defended the interests of the buyer company, which was owned by Viktor Pinchuk and Rinat Akhmetov.
Iryna Vereshchuk
Member of Parliament Iryna Vereshchuk took Reznikov’s place in the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories.
In Parliament, Ms. Vereshchuk was the Chair of the Subcommittee on State Security and Defence of the Committee on National Security. In 2020, she was a candidate  for the mayor of Kyiv. Until 2019, she was engaged in local self-government and served for 5 years in officer positions in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Iryna Vereshchuk named humanitarian activities as her priority in the Ministry of Reintegration, in particular, increasing the digital presence in the temporarily occupied territories.
During 2010-2015, Vereshchuk was the mayor of Rava-Ruska in Lviv Oblast. In 2014, she ran for the Verkhovna Rada of the 8th convocation. She was a fellow of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, researched the experience of decentralization reforms in Poland, and received the degree of Candidate of Science in Public Administration.
Pavlo Ryabikin
Pavlo Riabikin replaced Oleh Urusky as Minister of Strategic Industries. Unlike his predecessor, Mr. Riabikin is not a deputy prime minister. Prior to his appointment to the Ministry of Strategic Industries, he held the position of Head of the State Customs Service.
Since 2017, Mr. Riabikin headed the management of Boryspil International Airport. Under his management, the airport significantly increased passenger traffic and received a record revenue of UAH 4 billion.
Pavlo Riabikin also worked in a leading position in a company specializing in the construction of water structures, was Deputy Chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration (2014-2015), worked as Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications during 2005-2006, and served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Denmark. Riabikin was elected to the Verkhovna Rada three times: 3rd and 4th convocations as non-partisan and 7th from the UDAR party.
The newly appointed minister has identified the state defence order as one of his priorities. At the same time, he believes that fully launching the electronic register of manufacturers and the Defence Technology Agency is possible from the beginning of next year.
Yulia Svyridenko
Yulia Svyridenko became the First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy. She replaced Oleksiy Liubchenko in this position.
Ms. Svyridenko previously worked as the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture. She also held the position of Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine and was responsible for energy issues.
Prior to that, Yulia Svyridenko held senior positions in the Chernihiv Regional State Administration. In particular, she headed the Department of Economic Development, was the first deputy head, and in 2018 served as head of the Chernihiv Regional State Administration.
She graduated from the German Academy of Management in Lower Saxony, participated in the Academy of Good Governance and Competence in Europe in Berlin, and completed a program of private sector growth strategies in Sweden.
Among the priorities of the new head of the ministry is to launch institutions that will strengthen Ukraine’s economic policy and review the approach to public investment.