400 people were invited to the ceremony. It was announced in the morning Thursday that former governor Kolomoiskyi will be present at the inauguration of his successor, Censor.NET reports citing Novoe Vremia.
MP Valentyn Didych, who recently quit the parliamentary faction of Petro Poroshenko Bloc, said cautiously about the new governor: "I do not know him personally, but I know his credentials. His most recent position is the head of the Zaporizhia regional administration. They say he knows how to work with the community," Didych said.
People's Front MP and Dnipro-1 battalion commander Yurii Bereza only spoke of Reznichenko's predecessor: "Kolomoiskyi is my friend. What he did for Ukraine can only by praised through history," Bereza said.
Shortly before the president's arrival, members of the previous administration came to the hall. MP Borys Filatov, one of Kolomoiskyi's advisers, took a seat in the first row. Former deputy governor Hennadii Korban also came.
The newly appointed governor Reznichenko entered the room together with the president, first deputy head of the Presidential Administration Vitalii Kovalchuk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, but without Kolomoiskyi.
The latter showed up after the hymn had been played. Poroshenko was lavish to praise Kolomoiskyi's team. "I am sure that Ihor Kolomoiskyi and his people are real patriots of Ukraine, who took a huge responsibility in the most difficult times," the president said noting that there was nothing personal in his activities.
Poroshenko said that before Kolomoiskyi resigned, they spoke and made a joint decision. "Private business is to manage private assets, and state business should work for the state's benefit. I as a president will secure this," Poroshenko said.
He also stressed that he opposed that security companies used illegal weapons, and that SBU officers who fight illegal trade died. This was Poroshenko's hint at what caused the change in the regional authorities. Neither Ukrnafta nor Ukrtransnafta were mentioned, but it went without saying.
In his speech, Kolomoiskyi attempted to convince those present that he was in good relations with the president and there was no conflict between them. "Mister president is a very patient person," he said. "If I was him, I would have fired myself after three months."
Kolomoiskyi announced that he discussed Reznichenko's candidacy with the president and that he insisted that a new governor was Dnipropetrovsk native. Kolomoiskyi's team is not planning to change address.
The ceremony lasted for less than an hour. Poroshenko explained he was very busy in Kyiv.
The new governor left for Zaporizhia right after the ceremony, but he plans to get back to the city by the weekend.
One of Kolomoiskyi's deputies, Sviatoslav Oliinyk, will be a member of the new team. According to Filatov, he will be appointed first deputy governor in upcoming days.
Kolomoiskyi's people are discussing a possibility to create their own political force to start with the fall local elections. However, this information has not yet been confirmed.
After the president left, Kolomoiskyi's team held their farewell party in the governor's office.