Heletey’s most famous and most
controversial job so far gas been chief of guard for former President
Viktor Yushchenko. The selection of a defense minister is a
prerogative of President Petro Poroshenko under the constitution. The
parliament approved his choice with 260 votes.
“I’m sure that
Ukraine will definitely win,” Heletey said in a very brief speech
in parliament after swearing allegiance to the Ukrainian people.
“And we will have military parade in Ukrainian Sevastopol.”
Heletey takes over
the ministry in a very challenging time. After Russia’s annexation of
Crimea, Ukraine is fighting a war with Russia-backed separatists in
the east, which exposed corruption and many other vulnerabilities in
the Ukrainian army.