Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed decrees dismissing Mykhailo Yezhel as Ukraine's defense minister and appointing Dmytro Salamatin to this post.
The head of state signed the decrees on Wednesday.
Salamatin served as director general of the Ukroboronprom state concern and was dismissed on Wednesday from this post under a separate presidential decree.
Yezhel was appointed Ukraine's defense minister on March 11, 2010.
Salamatin was born in Karaganda (Kazakhstan) in 1965. In 1991-1999, he lived and worked in Moscow.
He has lived in Ukraine since April 1999. He was twice elected as a Ukrainian MP from the Regions Party (2006-2011).
In the Verkhovna Rada, Salamatin served as first deputy head of the parliamentary committee on science and education and as a member of the budget committee.
In June 2010, Yanukovych signed a decree appointing Salamatin as director general of Ukraine's state arms exporter Ukrspecexport, and on January 4, 2011, he was appointed director general of the newly created Ukroboronprom state concern.
From Aug. 20, 2001 to April 25, 2003, Yezhel was the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Navy. On Oct. 6, 2003, he was dismissed from military service for health reasons.
From Feb. 4, 2008 to March 11, 2010, he served as chief inspector of the Main Inspectorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
Yezhel held the post of Ukraine's defense minister from March 11, 2010 to Feb. 8, 2012.
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