Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ukrainian General Staff Chief/Commander-in-Chief Of Armed Forces Ivan Svida has signed in resignation.

May 29, 2010 Kyiv. Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a statement by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. "Being the military officer and a responsible person I am ready to work in complicated conditions for the consolidation of the defense of the country. In the current situation I admit the right of the president [Viktor Yanukovych] to realize his vision of the development of the Armed Forces. He will do this with another chief of the General Staff," said Svida, according to the statement.
He also said he was not clutching at the post and thanked generals, officers, and all soldiers of the Armed Forces for joint work in the interests of the consolidation of the defensive capacities of Ukraine.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Ivan Svida was appointed Ukrainian General Staff Chief/Commander-in-Chief Of Armed Forces by then President Viktor Yuschenko in November 2009, after the previous chief of General Staff Serhii Kirichenko resigned. In June 2007 through November 2009, Ivan Svida was the commander of the ground troops of the Armed Forces. July 2005 through June 2007, Ivan Svida was commander of the Southern Operational Command. General Ivan Svida was one of the most active suppoters of Ukraine integration to NATO.