Ukraine pledges sweeping personnel changes as allies jostle over tanks

By Tom Balmforth and Oleksandr Kozhukhar KYIV (Reuters) -Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said personnel changes were being carried out at senior and lower levels,

following the most high-profile graft allegations since Russia's invasion that threaten to dampen western enthusiasm for the Kyiv government. Reports of a fresh scandal in

Ukraine, which has a long history of shaky governance, come as European countries bicker over giving Kyiv German-made Leopard 2 tanks - the workhorse of armies across Europe that

Ukraine says it needs to break through Russian lines and recapture territory. "There are already personnel decisions - some today, some tomorrow - regarding officials at

various levels in ministries and other central government structures, as well as in the regions and in law enforcement," Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on

Monday. Zelenskiy, who did not identify the officials to be replaced, said his plans included toughening oversight on travelling abroad for official assignments.

Several Ukrainian media outlets have reported that cabinet ministers and senior officials could be sacked imminently. On Sunday, anti-corruption police said they had

detained the deputy infrastructure minister on suspicion of receiving a $400,000 kickback over the import of generators last September, an allegation the minister denies. A

newspaper investigation accused the Defence Ministry of overpaying suppliers for soldiers' food. The supplier has said it made a technical mistake and no money had changed

hands.