Ukrainian parliament dismisses Yekhanurov as defense minister
The Ukrainian parliament has dismissed Yuriy Yekhanurov as defense minister.
A total of 363 MPs out of the 398 registered in the parliament's session hall voted for the decision on Friday. They included 161 MPs of the Regions Party, 152 MPs of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, four MPs of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc, 27 MPs of the Communist Party, and 19 MPs of the Bloc of Lytvyn.
The resolution reads that the minister's dismissal is linked to numerous violations with illegal operations with special equipment used to dismantle nuclear weapon storage facilities.
The document also points to the illegal creation of a military and medical department at the ministry and the ministry's intention to set up the military and medical department for the Armed Forces contrary to a presidential decree.
In addition, the resolution points to the illegal provision of functions to advisory agencies in the ministry's management system, as well as violations in the formation of the general staff of ministry leaders.
Yekhanurov was appointed Ukraine's defense minister on December 18, 2007. He was Ukraine's prime minister from September 2005 to August 2006.