Polish rock musician and CEO of the PJSC Ukrainian Railway (Ukrzaliznytsia) Wojciech Balczun resigned on August 9 “on his own accord,” having served almost 15 months in the position. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman announced the news at a cabinet meeting.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the work done by Balczun, who is now forced to resign as chief manager of the Ukrainian Railway due to personal reasons,” the prime minister said.
Hroisman did not specify exactly what insurmountable “personal reasons” had emerged in Balczun’s life overnight on August 8-9. After all, as late as August 8 morning, he wrote that he was in China, was holding talks there, and would “surely and unconditionally” defend the interests of the Ukrainian Railway and Ukraine. “Disappointingly for many people, I will not succumb to provocations,” Balczun finished his message; to be more precise, it was likely done by one of his aides, since the manager himself does not write in Ukrainian (nor does he so in Russian or English, truth be told).
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