Ukraine Defense Minister Confident of Beating Rebels ‘Very Soon’

August 4, 2014 9:31 AM

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Ukraine’s defense minister said he’s confident victory over pro-Russian separatists is close as an international team pressed ahead with a search of the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner downed over the rebel-held east.

“Our forces are in an offensive phase,” the minister, Valeriy Geletey, said in an interview with the BBC broadcast late last night. “I am sure, 100 percent, just like every person in the Ukrainian armed forces, there will be victory, and very soon.”

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