Friday, April 30, 2010

President sacks Navy Commander Teniukh

KYIV, April 30 (UKRINFORM). Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a decree dismissing Ukrainian Navy Commander, Admiral Ihor Teniukh. The decree was posted on the president's official website on Friday, April 30. Teniukh was against the Russian Black Sea Fleet's presence in Crimea. The presidential decree says that the admiral was dismissed on health grounds with the right to wear military uniform. In March 2010, Teniukh submitted a letter of resignation from the Ukrainian Armed Forces for moral and ethical reasons. As UKRINFORM reported, during the Russian-Georgian conflict in 2008, the commander of the Ukrainian Navy ordered Ukrainian warships to try to block the entrance to the Sevastopol bay for Black Sea Fleet ships that were involved in the conflict in Georgia. Vice-Admiral Viktor Maksymov was appointed the new commander of the Ukrainian Navy. This morning, Defense Minister Mykhailo Yezhel presented the new commander to the executive staff of the national fleet. "Over the six years of Vice-Admiral Viktor Maksymov's holding the post of first deputy commander of the navy, all military sailors could be sure that he was exacting, professional and honest," the Defense Ministry's press service quoted Yezhel as saying.