SIMFEROPOL, January 17. /TASS/. A Crimean senator said she could understand the rationality behind the resignation of Ukrainian Presidential Aide Alexey Arestovich that may prompt others from the Zelensky team to quit.
"Arestovich’s resignation was inevitable amid the growing social dissatisfaction with the country’s government. He was the first to go and he will be followed by others from the [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky team, because there will be increasingly more [social] unrest and distrust of the government," Russian Federation Council member for Crimea Olga Kovitidi told TASS.
However, Kovitidi added, Ukraine’s rhetoric on Crimea and Russia will generally remain unchanged in the wake of Arestovich’s departure and may only get tweaked as soon as Zelensky steps down.
Earlier on Tuesday, Arestovich announced his resignation. Writing on his Facebook page (owned by the US-based corporation Meta, outlawed as an extremist organization in Russia), he explained that he had made a fundamental error which, to him, spelled resignation.
On the evening of January 14, Arestovich said that part of a residential building in Dnepropetrovsk had collapsed because a projectile shot down by Ukrainian air defenses fell on it. Following this, he was sharply criticized by Ukrainian society.
On Monday, Ukrainian legislator Alexey Goncharenko reported that a petition to boot Arestovich was launched. The lawmaker accused him of high treason for his remarks about the causes of the building partially collapsing in Dnepropetrovsk.