Contents tagged with Poltorak

  • Ukrainian President dismisses Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak from military service

    On October 13, in his speech during the ceremonial events in honor of Ukrainian servicemen, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak from military service, UNN wrote.

     “General of the Ukrainian Army Stepan Poltorak filed a corresponding report about dismissal from military service and I approved it. Nevertheless, appreciating Stepan Poltorak’s significant contribution to the revival of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I offered him to continue leading the defense …

  • Ukraine and Moldova pledge further military cooperation

    During a meeting in Odessa, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and Minister of Defense of Moldova Eugen Sturza agreed on further cooperation of the two countries in the area of defense, as reported on the website of the Ministry of Defense.

    “First of all, it involves conducting joint exercises both bilaterally and in cooperation with NATO and individual allies, developing cooperation at the headquarters level for the types of armed forces of the two powers, joint actions in the …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense: Russia continues to build its military presence near Ukrainian border

    Russia is not going to agree to stop armed aggression in the east of Ukraine, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak believes.

    In an interview with the Uriadovy Courier he stated that the probability of the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas into full-scale aggression with the backing of the Kremlin has not diminished.

    “We absolutely expect that the aggressive actions will continue in the east of Ukraine. Moreover, there is a possibility of the conflict escalating into full-scale aggression …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister will not go to NATO-Ukraine meeting due to the 'blockade' by Hungary

    The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, cancelled his plans to visit NATO headquarters this week due to Hungary’s decision to block the Ukraine-NATO Commission (UNC).

    Information that the visit will not take place was confirmed to Evropeyskaya Pravda by the Ministry of Defense.

    "The visit will not take place due to the lack of an agreed upon meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission among Defense Ministers," the Defense Ministry explained.

    Formally, it is not about the " …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense meets with US Defense Secretary

    The Pentagon press office has reported that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak held talks on Friday, February 2.

    "Today we intend to discuss pragmatic steps to strengthen relations between our armed forces," Mattis told reporters before the meeting.

    Ukrinform reports that Poltorak said the military authorities of the United States and Ukraine have started working together at a strategic level.

    "We have opened consultations on defense issues at …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: current situation in the Donbas poses a threat to Western world

    The situation in the East of Ukraine poses a threat to the entire Western world and sends a message to other countries, stated Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the press-service of the Defense Ministry reports.

    "The situation in the eastern part of Ukraine constitutes a threat to the entire Western world, so countering information challenges with actions rather than slogans is effective and efficient. We must work together to confront the information threats," stressed the Minister …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense: Russia can use the forthcoming Zapad-2017 military exercises to invade any European country

    Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak claims that the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise Zapad 2017 scheduled for September could be used by Russia to stage an actual invasion of any neighboring country.

    "Ukraine and the world have a common vision of the prospects for the exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The forthcoming West-2017 exercises will be extremely powerful. They could be used to launch an aggressive action not only against Ukraine but …