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 Special operation forces command to be formed by end of year, - Defense Minister Poltorak

The Defense Ministry of Ukraine intends to form the command of the Special operation forces (SOF) of Ukraine by the end of 2015.

This was announced by Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak when reporting on the Ministry's activities, Censor.NET informs citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"The formation of the special operation forces has started. The command of the SOF will be formed by the end of this year," he said.

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According to Poltorak, combat effectiveness of the forces will be seen in 2016.

Earlier, Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Army Viktor Muzhenko announced that he was not satisfied with the speed of the SOF formation, but also noted that there was no conflict around the issue.

Before that, volunteer Vitalii Deineha said that top military officials of Ukraine wanted to dismiss the best special forces operative Serhii Kryvonos, who heads the SOF creation in Ukraine.

After that, several groups of special forces operatives addressed the president of Ukraine with a request to discharge Chief of General Staff Muzhenko and not allow the dismissal of head of the SOF Serhii Kryvonos.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov in his article Hunters Turned Hunted for Mirror Weekly noted that the scandal with the SOF creation in Ukraine had shocked its allies in NATO and the U.S. and discredited Ukraine's top military officials in the West's eyes.
 
 
 
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