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Ex-presidential candidate lands senior job in security council

He was the first deputy commander of the Special Operation Forces.

Ex-presidential candidate lands senior job in security council
Serhiy Kryvonos and Petro Poroshenko
Photo: Ukrainian president's press service

President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Serhiy Kryvonos a deputy secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC).

Kryvonos is the first deputy commander of the Special Operation Forces.

He was running for the president's post in the 31 March election as an independent candidate but quit the run on 6 March in favour of President Poroshenko.

"I want to instruct you to ensure and oversee in the NSDC office the issues of the retrofitting of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, other defence forces, military and technical cooperation and interaction with NATO," Poroshenko said during the introduction of Kryvonos to his new office.

NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov also welcomed Kryvonos's appointment.

"No less important task for Col Kryvonos will be to eliminate any corrupt component during the implementation of state defence order and technical supply of our army and other law-enforcement institutions," he said on Facebook.

Poroshenko recently dismissed NSDC First Deputy Secretary Ihor Hladkovskyy over his family's alleged involvement in an arms smuggling case.

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