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Ukraine’s security problems run far deeper than Volodymyr Zelensky’s friend

Roland Oliphant


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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

It is a conversation that has been repeated in Kyiv for months. “When this is over, there will be questions to answer,” a resident told me in May. “Questions such as: how did they take the south so quickly?”

Suspicions of double-dealing burst into the open on Sunday when the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Oleh Kulinych, the body’s own former chief of Crimean affairs, on suspicion of high treason.


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