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Kuchma appoints new defense minister
June 25, 2003
Ukrainian News

Posted by HW on August 24, 2019

Marchuk new defense minister
President Leonid Kuchma has appointed Yevhen Marchuk as a Minister of Defense to replace Volodymyr Shkidchenko.
Presidential press service disclosed this to Ukrainian News.

Secretary
52-year-old Marchuk occupied post of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council's Secretary since November 1999.

Resignation
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the preceding Defense Minister Volodymyr Shkidchenko submitted a resignation letter during the meeting held on last Friday by President Leonid Kuchma to review military efficiency of armed forces dislocated in the Crimea.

At this meeting Kuchma criticized the reforming of the Armed Forces.

Second time
Shkidchenko occupied post of the Defense Minister since November 2001.

Schkidchenko has submitted a resignation letter for the second time. He tried to resign for the first time after a Su-27 aircraft crash in Lviv in July last year resulting in deaths of 77 people.

Then Kuchma refused to accept the resignation of the Minister.
 
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