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Ukrainian officials detained during government meeting

Ukrainian emergency services chief detained during televised government meeting

Ukrainian officials detained during government meeting

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian police have detained the head of the state emergency service and his deputy on suspicion of fraud during a televised government meeting.

The two officials were escorted out of Wednesday's meeting in handcuffs by police officers.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the men have been detained on suspicion of illicitly appropriating funds during the purchase of oil products for the emergency services.

The government in Ukraine has vowed to take firm action to stamp out rampant corruption in the country. The highly public nature of Wednesday's detention appeared designed in part to illustrate that anti-graft measures are picking up pace.

Updated : 2021-09-22 16:11 GMT+08:00