KIEV, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine will eventually retrieved Crimea under its control, Ukraine's newly-appointed defense minister Valery Geletei said Thursday.
"I am certain Ukraine will be victorious. Believe me, the Victory parade will be held in Ukrainian Sevastopol," Geletei told a meeting at the parliament, or Supreme Rada.
The Ukrainian parliament Thursday appointed Geletei as defense minister after his candidacy was submitted by President Petro Poroshenko for deliberation.
"Any treason or danger for the state must get strong and lightening repulse," Interfax news agency quoted Poroshenko as saying.
Geletei, who vowed to restore Ukraine's territorial integrity, replaced acting defense minister Mikhail Koval, who held that post since March 25.
On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to integrate Crimea and its city of Sevastopol into Russia, following a referendum which found that a large majority of Crimeans supported the affiliation.
However, Ukraine and major western countries have not recognized the affiliation.
MOSCOW/KIEV, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Russia said one of its border checkpoints in south Rostov region was hit Thursday by mortar shells from Ukraine, with no casualties reported.
"The shells hit Russian territory at Novoshakhtinsk checkpoint at about 5:30 a.m. Moscow time (0130 GMT)," Itar-Tass news agency quoted a spokesman of the Rostov regional Federal Security Service as saying. Full story
BERLIN, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday reconfirmed their commitment to sustainable peace and stability in Ukraine and stressed the necessity of achieving a sustainable ceasefire in the crisis-hit country.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his counterpart Laurent Fabius from France, Sergey Lavrov from Russia and Pavlo Klimkin from Ukraine held a meeting in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss ways of calming the situation in Ukraine, a statement of the German Foreign Ministry said. Full story