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Ukraine to fire hundreds of prosecutors by year's end, including Giuliani-linked official: report

More than 500 federal prosecutors in Ukraine will reportedly be fired before the end of the month after a government review that ensnared a key ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE's person attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiNunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records Meadows: 'I don't see a single Republican defecting on impeachment' Inventing the 'Deep State' and draining the real one MORE.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Kostiantyn Kulyk was one of the first prosecutors to be ousted after he failed to appear for a required examination earlier this year. Kulyk previously served as deputy head of the Department of International Legal Cooperation under Ukraine's office of the attorney general, the newspaper noted.

Hundreds of prosecutors have reportedly been fired as part of the review process, which was ordered by Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, earlier this year. A total of at least 570 are expected to be ousted by December's end, according to the Post.

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The newspaper noted that Kulyk was a central figure in Giuliani's efforts to obtain damaging information about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE in Ukraine on behalf of Trump, though the former prosecutor has denied personally meeting with the former New York City mayor.

Those efforts have become the focus of the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump, with Democrats arguing that Trump solicited foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election in exchange for military aid to Ukraine.

Zelensky, a former comedian won Ukraine's election in a landslide, has headed up anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine since his inauguration earlier this year.