Tuesday, March 01, 2005

What a day...

Council for Security and Defense has approved the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Iraq (via Ukrainska Pravda, in Ukrainian).

Accorring to foreign affairs minister Borys Tarasyuk, the date for beginning of the withdrawal has been set, but it will be announced later, by Petro Poroshenko, the Council's secretary.

Tarasyuk said:

We've discussed not just the beginning of the withdrawal of the troops, but also the process of shifting from the military phase into that of reconstruction and build-up of non-military personnel.


The president has announced this a long time ago, and besides, there are two parliamentary decisions on it.

According to Ukrainska Pravda, Yushchenko said after the meeting that of the approximately 1,650 Ukrainian troops currently based in Iraq, 150 would leave in March, 530 more in May, and by October all would have withdrawn.

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