Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has fired three senior officials at the ministry under the new lustration law / Photo by UNIAN

Newly appointed Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak cited the lustration law as the reason for his dismissal of Hennadiy Vorobiov from the post of deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.

Poltorak invoked the law in his decree of October 25 on the firing of Vorobiov. According to the law, Vorobiov is also prohibited from holding public office for the next 10 years.

In addition, First Deputy Commander of the Air Force Artur Artemenko and First Deputy Commander of the Land Forces Serhiy Bessarab were also dismissed from their posts on October 25 under the provisions of the lustration law.