President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced newly appointed Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov to the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
The event, which took place in the building of the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, was also attended by: Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.
The President stressed that Oleksiy Reznikov had established himself as a professional in the position of Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories.
"He showed the result - opened checkpoints, a large, complex work in the Trilateral Contact Group, preparations for our Normandy meeting," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Head of State expressed confidence that Oleksiy Reznikov would achieve even more significant results as Minister of Defense.
"I would like Oleksiy Reznikov to show the important changes in the Armed Forces long-awaited not only by the army, but also by the families of our esteemed servicemen. In particular, it is reforming the living conditions and working conditions of our army," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The President also thanked former Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran for his work.
"Andriy Vasyliovych Taran is a professional man, with which we have launched several very important defense programs for our army. This is both the missile program and the beginning of a program to rebuild the Ukrainian fleet," the President said.
Newly appointed Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov thanked the President for his support and noted that in the conditions of Russian aggression the Ministry of Defense will do everything necessary to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities.
"The Ministry of Defense is a civilian agency, its task is to shape defense policy, ensure civilian democratic control, create conditions for the Armed Forces to effectively perform its function - to repel the enemy," said Oleksiy Reznikov.