6 Sep 2023 13:59

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada appoints Rustem Umerov Ukraine's defense minister

MOSCOW. Sept 6 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has supported President Vladimir Zelensky's proposal to appoint Rustem Umerov to the post of defense minister, Ukrainian media said on Wednesday.

A draft resolution endorsing Umerov's appointment was backed by 338 MPs at the Rada's plenary session on Wednesday, Golos (Voice) faction member Yaroslav Zheleznyak said.

"The parliament appointed Rustem Umerov Ukraine's defense minister. All factions supported it," Zheleznyak said on his Telegram channel.

Umerov is a Ukrainian political figure, entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, who also was a member of Ukraine's delegation to talks with Russia.