Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday dismissed acting Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh over his handling of the Crimea crisis following Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.
Parliament voted to appoint Col.-Gen. Mykhailo Koval as his successor. Koval’s name was submitted for parliamentary approval by acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.
Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform said Tenyukh had tendered his resignation.
“Knowing that someone does not like what I did as acting defense minister, as well as due to disagreements in the issues that were offered from the first day until present regarding the Autonomous Republic of Crimea … I … am handing in my resignation,” it quoted him as saying.
Tenyukh was Ukraine’s acting defense minister as troops wearing unmarked uniforms — which the West said were Russian forces — surrounded Ukrainian bases in Crimea this month. Russia annexed Crimea last week after a controversial referendum that Ukraine and the West say was illegal.