President Poroshenko appoints Valery Geletey as new Defence Minister


President Petro Poroshenko met with leaders of the parliamentary groups and factions of the Verkhovna Rada and said that he wanted to make changes to the military.

The President said that “We need determination and professionalism of the military for effective action in the area of ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operations)”. The President called for increased combat readiness and to ensure the material and technical resources are available. He also said that he wanted to purge the armed forces of corruption, stating “I insist on cleaning the army of thieves and corrupt officials. All corrupt in uniform have to answer to the law for their actions against the people of Ukraine”.

During his comments President Poroshenko also said that he would be proposing to parliament a new Minister of Defence, General-Colonel Valery Geletey, to replace acting Defence Minister Mykhailo Koval.

The President announced that for the purposes of coordination and improved handling of the situation he was appointing Yuri Kosyuk as Deputy Chief of Staff.

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