"The Head of State granted the Defense Minister's resignation and will present a candidacy for the post of Defense Minister to the Parliament on Monday," the statement says.
The President stressed that it is time to change the leader of the Defense Department. He also expressed hope that his proposal will be supported at the session of the Verkhovna Rada on October 14.
"I am confident that we will not drag out the voting for the new candidate. I expect it to be passed on Tuesday," Poroshenko said.
According to the President of Ukraine, the decision to replace the head of the Defense Ministry and a number of other personnel decisions, namely the dismissal of the State Border Guard Service leadership and the creation of Committee on Intelligence to be chaired by Ihor Smeshko will seriously strengthen the security agencies and increase the defense potential of Ukraine.