"It is high time a stand to be made against the port mafia. I discussed reliable information on numerous violations in the Port of Illichivsk with the Assistance Secretary of State at a press conference yesterday. I as well discussed it with the Ministry of Infrastructure, and law enforcement agencies.
"When I was appointed Chairman of the Regional State Administration, the competition to fill the position of CEO of Illichivsk Port had already been announced, but it was canceled soon after my appointment due to reasons that are not clear to me. I suspect that the lobbying for the interests of Kyiv's corrupt schemes took place because they knew that I would make it impossible to keep the old army of officials, who were robbing Ukraine through offshore transactions and smuggling all this time.
"I think it is necessary to immediately oust Mr. Kruk from the position of the port's CEO at this stage. We must initiate internal investigation. I am ready to meet with everyone personally and listen to everyone, but this process must be transparent," he wrote.