The Verkhovna Rada has appointed Valeriy Heletey as the defence minister of upon the president's recommendation.
The newly-appointed minister took an oath at the parliamentary rostrum. The Rada also relieved Mykhailo Koval of his duties as acting defence minister.
President Petro Poroshenko has signed decrees replacing the chief of the Armed Forces General Staff.
The head of state has dismissed Mykhailo Kutsyn and replaced him with Viktor Muzhenko as the new chief of the General Staff. The president put Muzhenko on the inter-agency coordination board of the Counterterrorism Centre at the Security Service of Ukraine. The President said that Kutsyn was shell-shocked in the security operation zone in east Ukraine. Kutsyn was appointed the chief of the General Staff on February 28, 2014.