KYIV (QHA) -

Newly appointed Defense Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Heletey has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March.

Addressing parliament on July 3, Colonel General Heletey said: "Believe me, there will be a victory parade -- there will be for sure -- in Ukraine's Sevastopol."

Heletey was approved by lawmakers after being recommended by President Petro Poroshenko.

Commenting Heletey’s statement Crimean Premier Sergey Aksyonov said it was “ludicrous nonsense”.

“It is ridiculous when appointed head of army threatens someone. Ukrainian militants are used to threaten Crimea from a far. That’s all they can do. I consider the statement as ludicrous, it is even hard to comment. He may sleep at home and then arrive at an idea that he is unequal to this war”- the Premier said.

QHA