Why Reznikov was bad minister
The Defense Minister's main function is to provide for the army. The Defense Ministry was not ready for war
The general mobilization was so unexpected for Reznikov that the Defense Ministry's warehouses did not have the most basic things: clothes, shoes, armor, helmets, and first aid kits.
A year and a half has passed since the full-scale invasion, but we are still buying cars, drones, thermal imagers, sights, and electronic warfare equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The contracts are still signed not with manufacturers, but with strange intermediaries owned by relatives of members of the ruling party. In other words, the Ministry of Defense continues to fake its function of supplying the army.
"It's scary to imagine how much the volunteers overpaid for all this stuff, buying in small batches and competing with each other, raising prices."
The Defense Ministry, planning for years to come, could sign large contracts with manufacturers directly and save billions of dollars. But no. We continue to buy drones and vehicles by the piece, and a lot of intermediaries are making money from our war. Ukrainians, scraping out the last of their money, are feeding a whole network of small speculators.
The best Reznikov did as minister was to take beautiful photos and give interviews.
That's why I'm personally glad that this imitator of activity has finally been fired from the Defense Ministry along with his rude advisor. By the way, I wonder who advised Reznikov to sue the journalists? It seems that this was the last straw that convinced Zelenskyy to fire the Minister of Beauty and PR.
And to those who were worried that Reznikov should not be removed from office because it would get worse, I would say that it did not get worse. Umerov is a worthy candidate. In terms of capabilities, he looks much stronger and has significant political weight.
I am convinced that the new Minister of Defense will work better: more predictably, more open to society, more professionally. I wish Mr. Umerov every success and every effort to liberate his native land from occupation.
About the author. Serhiy Marchenko, founder of the recruiting company Borsch.
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