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“I have submitted to the parliament for consideration the candidature of Commander of the National Guard Stepan Poltorak for the post of the Ukrainian defense minister,” Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page. “I’ve talked to the generals, met ordinary fighters and battalion commanders and conversations with them convinced me of the rightness of my choice.”
Poltorak, 49, holds the post of the National Guard commander to which he was appointed on April 15, 2014.
On Sunday, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko accepted the resignation of Heletey, 47, whom he appointed in July.
The president also voiced hope that the Rada members will support his proposal on Tuesday.The parliament will vote to choose the new defense minister on October 14.
The embattled defense chief, Heletey has been criticized by Ukrainian politicians for mistakes made during the Kiev’s special operation in eastern Ukraine, as well as for poorly equipped troops and incompetence in military issues.
On October 2, Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) said it opened criminal cases against Heletey, Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff Viktor Muzhenko and other senior military officials.
The actions of Ukrainian top defense officials amount to charges of mass murders, use of prohibited warfare means and methods and genocide, the IC said in a statement.