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Ukraine. There will be a new defense minister. Rustem Umerov replaces Oleksiy Reznikov

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday evening that he had decided to change the position of defense minister. Oleksiy Reznikov is to be replaced by Rust Umerov, the current head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine.

– I have decided to change the position of defense minister Ukraine. Oleksiy Reznikov has already had over 550 days of full-scale war (started by Russia February 24, 2022 – ed.). I believe that the ministry needs a new approach and new formats of cooperation – both with the military and with society, Zelensky said in an evening video speech on social media.

– Rustem Umerov should be the head of the ministry. The Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine – ed.) knows him well and Umerov does not need any additional presentation. I expect that the parliament will support this candidacy, said the president of Ukraine.

Rustem UmerovGettyImages

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Speculations about Reznikov’s future

He thus confirmed media reports about Reznikov’s planned departure. The Ukraińska Pravda website reported in August that Zelensky was planning a change at the head of the Ministry of Defense. Umerov’s name also appeared in the media as his likely successor. The media predicted that Reznikov would become Ukraine’s ambassador in London.

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The Minister of Defense neither confirmed nor denied these reports. In an interview with the Ukrinform agency published on Sunday, he stated that “all decisions regarding the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are made by the president (Zelensky).”

Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and Oleksiy Reznikov (center)Forum

Reznikov has headed the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine since November 2021. Previously, he was deputy prime minister for the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories.

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