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"Major general
Vladimir Kononov
Владимир Кононов
""2015-05-05. Репетиция парада Победы 124 (cropped).jpg
Kononov in the 2015 DPR Victory Day Parade
"Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People's Republic
Assumed office
15 August 2014
President "Pavel Gubarev
"Alexander Zakharchenko
Prime Minister "Alexander Zakharchenko
Preceded by "Igor Strelkov
Personal details
Born (1974-10-14) October 14, 1974 (age 43)
"Hirske, "Ukrainian SSR, "Soviet Union
Military service
Nickname(s) "Tsar"
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.


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  2. ^ "Donetsk People's Republic appoints new defense minister to replace Strelkov". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. August 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  3. ^ Grove, Thomas (August 15, 2014). "Under artillery fire, Ukraine rebels switch their leaders". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
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