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Moldovan president says Ukraine lost Crimea because of inefficiency of its army

April 06, 2014, 21:52 UTC+3 CHISINAU
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CHISINAU, April 06, 21:40 /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea was lost to Ukraine because of poor military efficiency of its army, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti said on Sunday.

“Ukraine has lost Crimea because of the inability of its army to provide a quick reaction,” the Moldovan Publica television channel quotes him as saying at a meeting with Moldova’s top officers on the occasion of the appointment Valeriu Troenco as the country’s new Defence Minister. “The Moldovan army also faces numerous problems and the authorities must spare no efforts to overcome them.”

The president called on the new minister to get rid of “those officers who act against the country’s interests.”

Prior to the appointment, Troenco headed the department of penitentiary institutions at the Moldovan Ministry of Justice. The former minister, Vitalie Marinuta, a professional officer with a record of training in the United States, sent in his resignation after Timofti had came down on him over the lack of discipline in the army, which resulted in a series of suicides among soldiers.

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