Ukraine gets new defence minister

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Feb. 8, 2012, 9:25 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters


Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday sacked Defence Minister Mikhailo Yezhel, replacing him with Dmytro Salamatin, a decree published on the presidential administration website said. No reason was given for the dismissal of Yezhel, who had served as defence minister since Yanukovich was elected two years ago.

But he has been under fire for the slow pace of army reform in the ex-Soviet republic and his departure had been rumoured for more than a year.

Salamatin, 46, was formerly head of the Ukrainian state company responsible for arms exports and imports.

It was the second big government change in recent weeks by Yanukovich, whose Regions Party faces a tough fight against a possibly united opposition in a parliamentary election next October.

Late last month he sacked Fedir Yarosenko as finance minister, replacing him with former state security chief Valery Khoroshkovsky.
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Jaroslaw Sawka Feb. 8, 2012, 11:43 p.m.    

He won't hesitate to carry out orders to massacre thousands of peaceful protesting demonstrators after fraudulent elections.

As you know, Salamatin until recently was a citizen of Russia.

According to sources, "Ukrainian Truth" Salamatin is son in law of former First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Oleg Soskovtsya.

A well-known fact that taking an active part in fights in Parliament.

The real glory found Salamatin after brutal brawl in the Council during the ratification of the Kharkiv agreements. Then in the heat of parliamentary struggle, he broke the nose of NUNS deputy Vladimir Karpuk.

December 16 of the Council, with participation Salamatin were beaten by five deputies, who were later taken to hospital in the Theophany of injuries.

Later in the right office space "Ukrspetsexport" Salamatin beat chair director "Termoholodu" Yuri Kiselev.

Ukrainian Pravda

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Mykhayl Feb. 9, 2012, 3:41 a.m.    


If the name of this news agency is translated and transliteration

from vernacular Ukrainian, why then on your banner is this Capital's

forecast labeled 'Weather Kiev' translated and transliterated from

archaic [Old} Slavonic? You are a NEWs agency not anthology.

Brian and Musketeers,

Are you hedging the fence to see if you are to be;

'naturalize' or 'nationalize' Ukrainians?

Despite the Soviet raised inferiority complex psychology

aboriginal Rus'yns AKA Ukrainian do care, leading to their

passive aggression. Is the KP's holy trinity prepared to publish

in English, Ukrainian AND Slavonic?

No, Russian is an afterthought not formation roots.

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harley Feb. 9, 2012, 4:53 p.m.    

Thanks to everyone for providing more background on this guy. Not sure why KP or interfax could not provide information found on the internet in 30 seconds.

By the way this is the third major appointment in as many days in which men who spent a major part of their adult life in Russia were appointed to posts in Ukraine.

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harley Feb. 9, 2012, 8:14 p.m.    

Here's a link to a more complete story on this guy's background and what the implications of this appointment might be:;id=13975

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AL BALA Feb. 15, 2012, 12:38 a.m.    

Salamatin, who was born and educated in Russia, had only moved to Ukraine 12 years ago as the Russian citizen, and only later had obtained the Ukrainian citizenship.

The reshuffle comes days after Yanukovych has appointed Ihor Kalinin, a former Russian KGB spy, as the head of the SBU security service.

Kalinin, who was also born and educated in Russia, had moved to Ukraine in 1990s to train Ukrainian spies at the SBU Academy. Kalinin, who is believed to be personally loyal to Yanukovych, was in charge of the presidential guard service for the past two years.

Yezhel resigned two days after a scandal had broken out over the defense ministry’s attempt to secure an approval of the Cabinet of Ministers for the transfer of 60 hectares of the ministry’s land to the presidential administration. The land was supposed to be used for real estate development and for building homes.

Salamatin, as a member of Yanukovych’s Regions Party, is known to have several times participated in fist fights in Parliament by savagely attacking and injuring opposition lawmakers.

He is known to have broken the nose of Volodymyr Karpuk, an opposition lawmaker, who had protested ratification of the Kharkiv agreement, which had allowed Russia to extend the stay of its navy in Crimea for another 25 years through 2042.

“Now we know who will the defense ministry be defending,” Ihor Lutsenko, an observer at Ukrayinska Pravda, said. “Now we know how they will do it.”

“This person is needed to issue an order to kill. This person is able to do that,” Lutsenko said. “The authorities are preparing to fight. The authorities are getting ready for the civil war.” (nr/ez)

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AL BALA Feb. 15, 2012, 12:42 a.m.    

Famous quotation from the Vladimir Putin’s speech at the Chekist Day party at the FSB headquarters in December 1999 was: “I want to report to you that the mission of the group of FSB officers sent undercover to work at the government is being accomplished successfully.”

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