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Only 0.3 per cent fired as half of Ukraine's security service vetted

Eighty-nine officers avoid dismissal by taking part in the security operation in the east.

Only 0.3 per cent fired as half of Ukraine's security service vetted
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has dismissed 58 officers after they failed to pass vetting. This is only 0.3 per cent of those subject to vetting under the law. The process is still under way. 

Overall, 17, 284 SBU employees are subject to vetting and 7,000 have already been cleared, the head of the SBU chairman's office, Oleksandr Tkachuk, said at a briefing.

Some 89 more officers were to be vetted but they avoided the procedure by taking part in the antiterrorist operation in Donbas.

Some 2,293 employees quit the SBU before the start of the vetting and another 1,022 after its start.

The vetting law applies to all officials and officers of the SBU. Possible reasons for dismissal include holding senior posts under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, work for the KGB and prosecution of activists of the Revolution of Dignity.