Ukraine's Defence Minister Poltorak resigns

Source : 112 Ukraine

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11:42, 20 May 2019

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Ukraine’s Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak resigned, as he wrote on Facebook

In his report, he wrote that he implements the requirements of the law and respects the constitutional right of Volodymyr Zelensky for appointing the Defence Minister.

Earlier, on May 20, Ukraine’s Security Service Head Vasyl Hrytsak resigned.

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Stepan Poltorak held the post of the Defence Minister since October 14, 2014. Before that he led National Guard. After the Revolution of Dignity, he headed internal troops before they were disbanded.

On October 13, 2018 Poltorak resigned form army, implementing the demands of the law on national security, which provides the norm on civil Minister of Defence. According to the document, since the next year, civil minister has to head the Defence Ministry, two people have to be appointed for commanding the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Viktor Muzhenko heads the General Headquarters.

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