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Wojciech Balczun, the CEO of Ukrzaliznytsia, remains defiant despite heavy criticism from those who say the Polish rock guitarist has done little to improve the performance of the slow, inefficient and bloated state railways monopoly.

Although the one-year probationary period of Balczun, 47, came to an end on June 5, he wants to stay on the job and see through the “hundreds of initiatives” he has launched.

But his fate rests with Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers, which on Jan. 18 took control of Ukrzaliznytsia away from the Infrastructure Ministry and one of his biggest critics — Interior Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, who has accused the railways chief of “doing nothing.”

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