Adviser to Zelensky Resigns Following Controversial Comment on Dnipro River

Adviser to Ukrainian President resigns after allegedly claiming Ukrainian Air Force downed Russian rocket

Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, declared on the YouTube channel of Russian lawyer and human rights activist Mark Feygin that the Russian rocket which hit a residential building in Dnipro on Saturday had been shot down by Ukrainian air defense. To set an example of “civilized behavior” due to his “fundamental error”, he resigned via a Facebook message accompanied by an image of the handwritten letter addressed to the head of the President’s Office, Andriy Yermak.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov picked up the statement and Russian propaganda and spread it. Arestovich had to apologize to the Ukrainians and the victims after the backlash. Later, he explained that he was “tired” at the time due to processing a lot of information and that it was theorized by a former fighter in the air defense forces. The Ukraine Air Force refuted his words saying it does not have the firepower to do so.

Local authorities then reported that there were 44 fatalities in the Russian attack on Dnipro, including at least 4 children. Hours earlier, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the President’s Office, reported that the rescue services had removed another lifeless body of a child from the rubble, raising the fatalities to 41. 25 people were still missing, 39 people were rescued and 79 were injured, including 16 children.

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