Ukraine crisis: President Petro Poroshenko is building an 'army that can fight and win'
Kiev has struggled to supply the armed forces and re-assert control over the industrial east of the country
Thursday 03 July 2014
Ukraine’s president has shaken up the leadership of his struggling military, appointing a new defence minister and top general tasked with stamping out corruption that has left the country’s armed forces faltering.
President Petro Poroshenko denounced the “complete collapse” of the government’s ability to supply the armed forces in a sometimes angry speech in parliament. He won approval for his choice of Valery Heletey as defence minister, replacing Mikhailo Koval. “Today the revival of the army is starting from the scratch, the army which is capable of fighting and winning,” Poroshenko said.
Kiev has struggled to re-assert control over the industrial east, where fighting between government troops and pro-Russia separatists has claimed more than 400 lives since April. Three policemen were shot dead by gunmen wearing combat fatigues in Donetsk today as diplomatic efforts for a lasting ceasefire resumed between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande.
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