Ukraine’s President Yanukovych sacks his Defense Minister

Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Mykhaylo Yezhel

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:  Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has sacked Defense Minister Mykhailo Yezhel, replacing him with Dmytro Salamatin.

No reason was given for the dismissal on February 8 of Yezhel, who had served as defense minister since Yanukovych was elected two years ago.

He has recently come under fire over the slow pace of army reform and has also been accused by the opposition of corruption.  (photo: RIA Novosti)

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