Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took more measures to fight Eastern Ukraine rebels as he appointed a new defense minister and also replaced the top general that was tasked with taking care of corruption problems that led towards the armed forces faltering against pro-Russian insurgents.
Poroshenko denounced what he labeled as being a “complete collapse” in the ability of the government to supply armed forces. The official choices were Valery Heletey as the new Defense Minister and Lt. Gen. Viktor Muzhenko as military general staff chief.
Petro Poroshenko said in a parliament session:
“Today the revival of the army is starting from the scratch, the army which is capable of fighting and winning. I have witnessed that during meetings with soldiers and officers while visiting the zone of anti-terrorist operations – the army which knows how to and is able to defend its people and country.”
Kiev has obvious problems in re-asserting control in Eastern Ukraine as fights between pro-Russia separatists and government troops led to over 400 deaths since April.