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Ukraine appointed hard line general to Donetsk

Europe Security News.- Ukranian troops patrol near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region. Photo Credit  AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV

Europe Security News.- Ukranian troops patrol near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region. Photo Credit AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV

Ukraine’s president on Friday fired a millionaire businessman who failed to stop the advance of pro-Russian rebels while governor of war-torn Donetsk and replaced him with a hardline nationalist general.

Sergiy Taruta was one of several pro-Western tycoons put in charge of restless Russian-speaking provinces after the revolution that ousted a Kremlin-backed president in February.

The office of President Petro Poroshenko said Taruta has been replaced as Donetsk governor by former troop commander Oleksandr Kykhtenko. READ ARTICLE HERE