The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers has approved the appointment of Oleksandr Oliinyk as the acting director of the state-owned Pivdennyi (Yuzhny) Commercial Seaport.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The relevant decision was made at a government meeting on November 15.

Oliinyk was the director of the Mariupol Commercial Seaport until his appointment.

As reported earlier, the Ukrainian minister of infrastructure dismissed Anatolii Yablunovskyi from the post of acting director of the Pivdennyi seaport on November 4.

Employees of the Pivdennyi seaport opposed the dismissal of Yablunovskyi and began collecting signatures in his support. In addition, the port’s workers held a rally on Victory Square in Pivdenne, during which they also spoke out against the Ministry of Infrastructure’s decision. The port’s employees argued that the seaport set cargo transshipment records under the management of Yablunovskyi, which guaranteed employment and high salaries for port workers.

As of mid-October, the Pivdennyi seaport had handled 11.68 million tons of cargo and achieved its annual target 77 days ahead of schedule.