Vladimir Kononov (Donetsk People's Republic)

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Major general
Vladimir Kononov
Владимир Кононов
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Kononov in the 2015 DPR Victory Day Parade
Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People's Republic
Assumed office
August 15, 2014
Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko
Head Alexander Zakharchenko
Preceded by Igor "Strelkov" Girkin
Personal details
Born (1974-10-14) October 14, 1974 (age 47)
Hirske, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Military service
Nickname(s) "Tsar"
Allegiance  Ukraine (until 2014)
 Donetsk People's Republic (from 2014)
Rank Major general
Battles/wars War in Donbass

Vladimir Petrovich Kononov (Russian: Влади́мир Петро́вич Ко́нонов; born October 14, 1974; nom de guerre Tsar)[1] is the Defence Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. His appointment was confirmed on August 15, 2014, after the resignation of Igor Girkin.[1][2] Kononov is a Donetsk local.[3] In 2014, he was a Lieutenant colonel, and by 2015 was promoted to Major general.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ukraine crisis: Rebel military chief Strelkov 'quits'". BBC. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Donetsk People's Republic appoints new defense minister to replace Strelkov". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. August 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Grove, Thomas (August 15, 2014). "Under artillery fire, Ukraine rebels switch their leaders". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-08-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>