• Ukraine gets new defense chief ahead of Russia talks


    KIEV: President Petro Poroshenko was set on Monday to name Ukraine’s fourth defense minister of the year as he positions himself for a crunch general election and high-level talks with Russia. The pro-Western leader on Sunday sacked defense chief Valeriy Geletey after only three months on the job, citing a need to “seriously strengthen the security agencies and beef up the defense capabilities” of the war-torn former Soviet state. Geletey was pilloried for the August loss of more than 100 soldiers trapped near the Russian border by separatist militias who then went on to seize back lost territory with the alleged support of Moscow troops.



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