Yuriy Husev, CEO of the state defence industry concern Ukroboronprom, may resign in exchange for an ambassadorship to a European country.
Such scenarios are currently being discussed on the sidelines of the government, sources tell LB.ua.
However, the final decision has not been made yet. It depends, among other things, on whether current Minister for Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin is to be transferred to the post of head of the Kyiv city state administration next week. This scenario is being actively considered in the context of the protracted conflict between the central government and Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko.
In any case, if the position of the head of Ukroboronprom becomes vacant, it will most likely be Kamyshin's man who will claim it.
"He is currently in very good standing with the president," the sources said.
In turn, Husev may be appointed an ambassador to one of the European countries, most likely to the Czech Republic or Belgium. However, there is no direct link to whether Kamyshin will move from the Cabinet of Ministers to the Kyiv city state administration.
Husev has been the head of Ukroboronprom since December 2020. Before that, he was the head of the Kherson regional state administration.
In early May, the Cabinet of Ministers issued a decree according to which the state-owned enterprise Ukroboronprom should become a joint-stock company that will be fully owned by the state.
"The concern will be replaced by a modern high-tech defence company that will centrally manage the industry's leading enterprises in the areas of armour, aircraft construction and repair, naval and radar systems, high-precision weapons and ammunition," the concern said.