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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on April 22 dismissed Anna Kovalenko from the post of deputy head of the President's Office, replacing her with Roman Mashovets.

Mashovets is a veteran of the country's military intelligence. He served with the Special Operations Unit of the Military Intelligence Directorate General at the Ministry of Defense. He received special training on many "specific" issues such as performing combat swimmer tasks. The newly-appointed official served on Ukraine's missions to Sierra Leone and Iraq.

Head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, introduced Roman Mashovets at today's meeting on national security and defense issues.

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"One of the main tasks facing Mashovets is to complete the drafting of the National Security and Defense Strategy and other important documents. The issue is set to be discussed at a meeting chaired by NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov," the statement reads.

Mashovets, for his part, stressed the importance of reviewing a number of documents relating to the defense and security sector.

It is necessary, he believes, to establish clear coordination and interaction between the legislative and executive branches of power, as well as the President's Office in order to make systemic efforts toward addressing urgent issues of the defense and security sector.