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Ukraine in brief. Monday, July 7

Ukraine in brief. Monday, July 7

Poroshenko introduced Heletei and Muzhenko into NSDC, SBU to check Yanukovych, Azarov and Pshonka for holding Russian citizenship, 2,000 U.S. bullet-proof vests arrived in Ukraine, Rodion Kireyev on the wanted list.

09:18 President Petro Poroshenko has introduced Defense Minister Valerii Heletei and head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces/commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko into the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), says respective presidential decree No. 571 of July 5.

At the same time, Poroshenko removed former acting defense minister/colonel general Mykhailo Koval and former general staff head/lieutenant general Mykhailo Kutsyn from the NSDC.

On July 3, the Verkhovna Rada appointed Heletei as the defense minister.

On the same day, Poroshenko appointed Muzhenko as the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces/commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

 

11:54 Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov has ordered the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to check Members of Parliament Viktor Yanukovych (son of former president Viktor Yanukovych), Oleksii Azarov (son of former prime minister Mykola Azarov) and Artem Pshonka (son of former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka) for holding Russian citizenship, he said at Inter TV channel.

He assures, he will not be delaying consideration of relevant petitions, filed by the Prosecutor-General's Office, and promises to promptly inform the public when such petitions filed.

In mid-June MP Pshonka (Party of Regions faction) disproved his alleged holding of Russian citizenship.

In May, MP Yanukovych quitted the Party of Regions faction.

In June, the Austrian medium Die Presse reported Austrian prosecutors to have opened an investigation against MP Azarov (Party of Regions) on suspicion of money laundering.

 

13:15 2,000 U.S. bullet-proof vests for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine have arrived in Ukraine, the press-service of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said in the press-release.

After customs clearance they will be handed over to the Ministry of Defense as U.S. aid to be then delivered to the final destination, the press-release noted.

The delivery was done at the request of the Ministry of Defense to increase soldiers' survivability in military operations and save their lives.

U.S. troops use the same bullet-proof vests in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The bullet-proof vests were designed to ensure better protection with less weight compared to previous models, making them more effective during combat operations," the press-release noted.

The Unites States will shortly ship 1,000 sleeping mattresses, 3,600 camouflage jackets, 400 boxes of gauze bandages, and 1,000 covers for helmets, the press-release specified.

The delivery is part of the U.S. aid to Ukraine amounted to USD 23 million, including also first aid kits, night vision devices, communications equipment and other supplies for the Ukrainian military and border guards.

The United States will grant Ukraine USD 5 million to provide the Armed Forces with bullet-proof vests and night vision devices.

 

13:19 The Ministry of Internal Affairs has put Kyiv Pecherskyi District Court Judge Rodion Kireyev on the wanted list, according to the information posted on the ministry's website.

Kireyev is suspected of committing crimes under Part 2 Article 375 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (deliberately unjust verdict, decisions or rulings).

Under Part 2 Article 375, the deliberately unjust verdict, decisions, rulings or orders which cause grave consequences, or the judgement made for mercenary motives or other personal interests are subject to imprisonment for 5-8 years.

According to the ministry, Kireyev escaped on July 2.

The Supreme Court is considers the request of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to lift immunity from Kireyev.

On April 3, the Higher Qualification Commission of Judges recommended the High Council of Justice to dismiss Kireyev.

In 2011, Kireyev sentenced former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison.

On May 13, 2009, Kireyev was elected a judge in Berezan Municipal Court of Kyiv region, and then transferred to Kyiv Pecherskyi District Court.

 

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