Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech in front of a new tank at the Malyshev factory, known for its production of military vehicles, in Kharkiv on October 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SERGEY BOBOK
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President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine's third defence minister of the year Sunday in a surprise decision ahead of high-level talks with Moscow on bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet republic.The sacking highlighted a sense of failure that has enveloped the once-proud force as the six-month conflict with pro-Russian rebels drags on and the death toll from fighting approaches 3,400 .The militias also wiped out a Ukrainian unit of at least 100 soldiers near the town of Ilovaysk. The bloodbath shocked the country and soon saw Poroshenko sign a Russian-backed peace pact with the rebel command.The Kremlin says that Putin has ordered back the soldiers from Ukraine's border simply because their scheduled summer training period had run its course.
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