New strategic industries minister tasked with providing army with local weapons

24 March, 01:52 AM
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Oleksandr Kamyshyn (

New Minister for Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin will be tasked with providing the Ukrainian army with locally manufactured weapons, Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko said as she introduced the newly appointed minister to Ministry staff on March 23. 

Kamyshin will have to complete the reform of state-owned consortium Ukroboronprom and set up arms production for the army, according to a government report.

"Ukraine cannot always rely solely on weapons of its allies. The domestic defense industry is a priority for the president and the government, both now and after the war is over," Svyrydenko said.

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More advanced weapons allow a state to win a modern war, she added.

Svyrydenko emphasized Kamyshin's "outstanding leadership qualities" he had shown as head of the Ukrainian state railways. The same is expected of him in his new post, she added.

In general, his comprehensive task is to change approaches in his ministry’s work.

Kamyshin was appointed as Strategic Industries Minister on March 21.

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