The general director of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE), Yurii Cherednychenko, has been suspended from office pending an investigation into UkSATSE’s operations, the press office of the Ministry of Infrastructure has announced.

The information about the suspension of Cherednychenko emerged on May 28, when Infrastructure Minister Maksym Burbak met with employees of UkSATSE and representatives of the trade union of air traffic controllers, aviation workers, and technical personnel and announced that the post of deputy general director for combating corruption was being introduced at UkSATSE.

Citing a source within UkSATSE, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reported that UkSATSE’s former head Serhii Zdorovets has been temporarily appointed as the head of the enterprise.

Meanwhile, the president of the Federation of Trade Unions of Aviation Radar, Radio Navigation, and Communication Workers of Ukraine, Oleksii Smolskyi, considers the suspension of Cherednychenko illegal. A meeting of industry workers and representatives of the Boryspil district and city councils is scheduled to take place at UkSATSE on June 3, during which the position of trade unions will be clarified in detail.

UkSATSE was founded in 1992. It provides the full range of air navigation services: air traffic control, organization of air traffic flows, organization and management of airspace, provision of radio-technical support for communications, navigation, and surveillance, and provision of aeronautical and meteorological information for all types of flights in its zone of responsibility, which covers five flight information regions with a total area of 776,265 square meters.