10 things you need to know today: July 18, 2022

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
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1. Zelensky fires Ukraine top prosecutor and spy chief

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed Sunday that he had fired the country's top prosecutor and the head of its domestic intelligence agency, in the biggest shakeup of his government since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Zelensky's government announced the dismissals of the prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova, and Ivan Bakanov, the leader of the Security Service of Ukraine, in brief decrees. Zelensky said suspected cooperation with Russia by some of Venediktova's and Bakanov's employees raised "very serious questions" about their leadership. The government has opened 651 cases of high treason against law enforcement personnel, Zelensky said. More than 60 employees of the prosecutor's office and security service are believed to be working against the state in occupied territories.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.