"I want to thank ex-head Roman Romanov for his accomplishments and wish fruitful work to the new head of the concern Mr. Pavlo Bukin," Poroshenko said during the video stream on his Facebook page on Feb. 21.
The president said Bukin’s candidacy was approved for the post of the head of the state concern by the Cabinet of Ministers and the Supervisory Board of Ukroboronprom.
Bukin, born in 1976, has worked in the defense industry and state-run Ukrspecexport. Since April 2015 he was acting director general, since February 2016 director general of Ukrspecexport.
In 2012-2013, he worked as deputy director of Ukroboronprom.
On Dec. 27, 2017, Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman initiated Romanov’s dismissal for failure to accomplish the government's instruction to repay salary arrears to the employees of the state-run Mykolaiv Shipyard.
In turn, Romanov refused to resign voluntarily arguing that debt repayment required the government to make qualitative decisions rather than look for scapegoats. According to him, the arrears accumulated after the government had cut off funding of maintenance of the unfinished Ukraina cruiser back in February 2015 while numerous requests of the State Concern to the Cabinet to address this issue remained unanswered. Romanov said the repayment of the debt at the expense of the State Concern was unlawful.
Romanov, who had headed Ukroboronprom since July 2014, resigned and was released from the office on Feb.12 by presidential decree.