On Oct. 12 Poroshenko fired Valeriy Heletey from the post of defense minister after three months of service. Commenting on the decision in a TV address, Poroshenko criticised Heletey for poor job on getting the army prepared for winter.
Poltorak has been serving as head for the National Guard, a military law enforcement unit of Interior Ministry, since April 15. Before that he spent two months as head of the Interior Ministry troops (later transformed into the National Guard) and some 10 years as head of Kyiv-based Interior Ministry Troops Academy.
Military expert Dmitry Tymchuk points out that Poltorak has never worked on the army post, coming from the Interior Ministry institutions.