Yuriy Lutsenko / Photo from UNIAN

Former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has said he is being treated for cancer.

"Today [...] the surgical stage of my oncological disease has ended. Thanks to the Ukrainian and German doctors. An eight-hour surgery and the days of pain are behind. Chemotherapy is still ahead," Lutsenko wrote on Facebook.

At the same time, Lutsenko said he will remain in politics.

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"Dear friends, everything will be fine. Because I know how many of you are and how strong we are together. Dear foes, stay alert. I remain in politics and won't retreat from the front line," he said.

Yuriy Lutsenko: Background

  • Lutsenko was appointed Prosecutor General of Ukraine on May 12, 2016.
  • On June 11, 2019, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a submission to the Verkhovna Rada on Lutsenko's dismissal. On the same day, a draft resolution to dismiss Lutsenko was registered in Parliament. The reason for the dismissal was the lack of higher legal education.
  • On July 2, Zelensky appealed to the Verkhovna Rada with a request to immediately consider the motion on relieving Yuriy Lutsenko of the top prosecutor's post.
  • On July 23, Zelensky announced Deputy Head of the President's Office, Ruslan Riaboshapka, was being considered as Lutsenko's possible successor.