Zelensky nominates Rustem Umerov as Ukraine defence minister

AFP , Sunday 3 Sep 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday nominated politician Rustem Umerov to replace Oleksiy Reznikov as Kyiv's defence minister, in a surprise move as the war with Russia enters its 19th month.

Rustem Umerov
Politician Rustem Umerov, nominated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Kyiv s defence minister. AFP


"Now Rustem Umerov should be the head of the (defence) ministry," Zelenskyy said in his evening address. "I expect parliament to support this candidate."

"Oleksiy Reznikov has been through more than 550 days of full-scale war," Zelenskyy added.

"I believe that the ministry needs new approaches and other formats of interaction with both the military and society at large."

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