Zelenskyy publishes income as part of EU transparency push; Russian missiles strike Ukraine's Kremenchuk district

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday published his income over a two-year period, as he looks to promote transparency as part of Kyiv’s push for European Union membership.

Ukraine formally started the screening process to begin talks over its future membership of the EU on Thursday, and faces stringent conditions to increase transparency and root out corruption.

Zelenskyy has called for all public officials to disclose their incomes, while the U.S. and other allies supporting Ukraine’s war effort have sought assurances about the country’s efforts.

According to the declaration, the president and his family members received 10.8 million hryvnias ($286,168) in 2021, the last year before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, down 12 million hryvnias from the previous year. The 2021 also included income from the sale of around $142,000 in government bonds.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 16th, 2024.

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In 2022, the Zelenskyy family’s income dropped further to 3.7 million hryvnias, as income from real estate the president owned fell off in light of the war.

Elsewhere, a Russian missile struck an industrial site in the district of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine on Sunday, after a similar attack the previous day triggered a fire. There were no casualties in either strike, according to Regional Governor Philip Pronin.

Much of last week was dominated by Moscow and Kyiv trading allegations over the shooting down on Wednesday of a Russian military transport plane that was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war and nine Russians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the aircraft was shot down by Ukrainian air defenses, either on purpose or by mistake, and that preliminary evidence suggested French or U.S. missiles were involved. Putin said in televised comments reported by Reuters that an investigation would be completed in the coming days.

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