Rada dismisses Veterans Affairs Minister Laputina who was often criticized for her work
Yulia Laputina (Photo: Militarnyi)

The Ukrainian parliament has supported the resignation of the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine, Yulia Laputina, with 302 votes in favor, Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported.

The relevant Committee on Social Policy noted the unsatisfactory work of the Ministry.

"All the speakers, both from the government and from the opposition, disparaged the minister's speeches. She herself, already an ex-minister, did not even come to report [on. her work]," he wrote.

Since 1992, Yulia Laputina has worked at the SBU in various positions. From 2010 to 2012, she was the Deputy Head of the Special Operations Center "A". On April 14, 2014, she participated in the landing at the Kramatorsk airfield. From September to December 2014, Laputina was the commander of the SBU task force in the Anti-Terrorist Operation, where she was responsible for the detention of members of pro-Russian terrorist organizations. From 2014 to 2020, Laputina worked as the Deputy Head of the Department of Counterintelligence Protection of the State's Interests in the Field of Information Security of the SBU. On March 25, 2020, she was promoted to the rank of major general, becoming the second woman general in the history of independent Ukraine.

In early December 2023, the Rada committee on social policy and veterans' rights protection heard Laputina's first report in several years of her tenure.

After the report, members of the public council under the ministry expressed dissatisfaction with the minister's work. In particular, they criticized it for poor communication with veterans, the delay in the creation of a national military memorial cemetery, and the experimental program "Veteran's Assistant" is not considered useful.

On February 5, the Verkhovna Rada received Laputina's resignation letter. Then the Speaker of the Parliament Stefanchuk said that the statement will be considered at the next plenary session.