Contents tagged with Poltorak

  • Ukraine's Defense Minister refuses to stop returning fire in Donbas

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will continue to return fire in the Donbas, reports UNIAN news agency.

    "We used to respond to the enemy's fire, we are doing it now, and we will continue to respond," he said.

    According to Poltorak, the Ukrainian Army will continue to adhere to the Minsk agreements but has the right to "adequately respond" if the positions or lives of its military are under threat. "We won't surrender a  single piece of our land …

  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces adopt Yatran system for detecting enemy vessels

    The Yatran sonar system, designed to detect enemy ships and submarines, has been adopted into the armament of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    The relevant decree was signed by Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak based on the positive results of state testing, the state-owned defense concern UkrOboronProm announced on its website.

    The Yatran system consists of special sonar buoys with extremely sensitive acoustic sensors and a digital information processing center.

    The system is designed to combine …

  • President Zelensky’s representative announces plans to dismiss the heads of four government departments

    The representative of the Ukrainian President in the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during an interview on 1+1 TV channel, said that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to propose to the Ukrainian Parliament to dismiss the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko next week. He will also offer to dismiss the Foreign, Defense, and Security Ministers.

    He also noted that negotiations on new candidates for the posts continue. However, the representative of the Ukrainian President refused …

  • Ukraine has successfully tested newest Vilkha missiles

    The former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov reported on his Facebook page that the tests of the Ukrainian missile systems Vilkha took place at a military test site in the Odesa region.

    He noted that launches of long-range missiles Vilkha-M and missiles with a cluster warhead Vilkha-R were held.

    According to Turchynov, the tests will continue until the end of the week when the launches of cruise missiles of the mobile system Neptune …

  • Zelensky's administration reports imminent resignations of Ukraine’s Foreign and Defense Ministers

    Speaking on the air of NEWSONE, representative of President-elect Vladimir Zelensky, Dmitry Razumkov, said that he would not exclude the high likelihood that Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak will resign.

    He said he was 99% convinced that after Zelensky officially assumes power the ministers will have to leave.

    Razumkov also said that Zelensky’s team will insist on the resignation of the current Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy …

  • Ukraine to upgrade Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak announced that a Ukraine is upgrading a Su-24MR reconnaissance plane, the Ministry of Defense reported.

    During a work visit to the Odessa Ukroboronprom Aircraft Plant, the minister said that the upgraded plane will give the Ukrainian Air Force clear control during combat and improve its effectiveness.

    Poltorak noted that the plant is currently upgrading a Su-24MR which has not been seriously upgraded since Soviet times.

    “The plant has done serious …

  • Russian oligarch Deripaska offers $600,000 reward to journalists who investigate sanctions against him

    The oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s lawyers plan to set up a 600 thousand dollars reward for journalists who will investigate why the United States imposed sanctions against the Russian businessman, writes The Financial Times, citing its own sources.

    According to the international daily newspaper, Deripaska, the founder of one of Russia's largest industrial groups, intends to refute the charges, which the United States used to impose restrictive measures against him.

    “Congress craves more blood ... …

  • Kyiv: Russia moved another battalion group to the Ukrainian border

    The Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak, announced that Russia moved an additional battle group to the border of Ukraine after the first round of presidential elections.

    According to the minister, the Russian Federation is increasing the number of military troops along the border with Ukraine. The battalion tactical group transfer took place after the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine.

    Poltorak noted that the Russian forces changed their tactics in the Donbas. They …

  • In the event of a victory Poroshenko will only keep 2 of his current ministers

    The current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that he does not intend to dismiss Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak or Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the conclusion of the presidential election.  

    “I am not planning to have either the Minister of Defense or the Minister of Foreign Affairs resign,” said Poroshenko who had come to face off in a debate against Zelensky at Olympiyskiy stadium.

    He emphasized that the country has a parliamentary-presidential form of government in which …

  • Ukraine receives a shipment of American Hummer trucks

    A shipment of 35 Hummer combat vehicles arrived in Odessa from the USA, announced the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak at a meeting with the military personnel of the 58th separate motorized infantry brigade in Konotop.

    “Of these, 20 are armoured vehicles, which will go to combat units, and 15 are ambulance vehicles,” the minister said, as quoted by the press service of the Defense Ministry.

    According to Poltorak, the USA has provided over 400 million dollars assistance to Ukraine. …