New Ukraine defence chief vows to stand up to Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) speaks with National Guard chief Stepan Poltorak after lawmakers voted to approve him as Defence Minister during a vote in Kiev, on October 14, 2014Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine’s new defence minister vowed on Tuesday to build an army capable of withstanding Russia as sparks flew in advance of talks between Moscow and Washington over their worst standoff since the Cold War.

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