On March 1, Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr Turchynov — in a bid to unify the nation from Russian attempts to stir up secessionism — appointed Kolomoisky to head Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, while another multimillionaire, Sergiy Taruta, takes off in Donetsk.
On March 3, Kolomoisky spoke to local authorities, explaining his decision to take the job. The video record of the talk was published online through local Channel Nine, owned by Kolomoisky’s company. He said that he offered to take the job to “calm down everyone” from the threat of Russian aggression.
“I think (the conflict) will be resolved. I don’t understand how Ukrainians and Russians can shoot each other,” he said. “We are building a new state, and in this state everything must be in order.”