The head of the Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz has resigned | Whuff News

KYIV, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government accepted the resignation of Yuriy Vitrenko as chief executive of state-owned energy company Naftogaz on Tuesday.

In a statement sent to Telegram, Naftogaz said Vitrenko will remain in the role until November 3, but did not provide further details.

Asked by Reuters about the reason for his resignation, Vitrenko declined to comment.

“By decision of November 1, 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the resignation of the chairman of the board of Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko,” Naftogaz said in a statement posted under Vitrenko’s photo.

“Yuriy Vitrenko will continue to hold the position of head of the national company until November 3, 2022,” it said, promising more detailed communication on his last day in the role.

The government did not immediately release details.

Vitrenko, 46, has been Naftogaz’s chief executive since April 2021. His departure was widely expected.

Naftogaz declined to comment on reports by Ukrainian media and a senior member of parliament that Vitrenko is set to be replaced by Oleksiy Chernyshov, the minister of population and regional development.

Vitrenko’s departure follows a series of Russian missiles at Ukrainian energy facilities in recent weeks as the war in Ukraine continues.

Naftogaz is also locked in a legal dispute with Russian energy company Gazprom over Russian gas flows.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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