In a day of accusations and recriminations over Ukraine’s inability to repel Russia militarily from the Crimean peninsula, parliament on March 25 voted to replace its defence minister.
Lawmakers named Colonel-General Mykhailo Koval, 58, as the new acting defence minister with 251 out of 450 votes.
While addressing the deputies, Koval said he understands his responsibility and said that “he believes in the armed forces of Ukraine.” Koval, who previously headed the special group of the State Border Service on the situation in Crimea, was kidnapped on March 5 near Yalta by Russian troops. He was surrounded by a group of 40 armed people, but released later in the day.
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