Moldovan Defense Minister Viktor Gaychuk objected that he was fond of or was a supporter of the Donbass separatist army, which he was accused by the opposition pro-European ACUM bloc.
Gaychuk had to make excuses after opposition deputies issued a resolution accusing him. They demanded the resignation of the minister, claiming that he openly sympathizes with the separatists of Donbass, setting the Moldovan military as "the separatist and unconstitutional military forces of Donbass."
Deputies made such accusations after the video of Gaychuk’s speech in 2016 recently gained popularity on the network. On his Facebook page, Gaychuk called the allegations a manipulation and the opposition’s desire to mislead society.
According to him, during his speech at a scientific conference of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, he spoke about "the strength of the army, that the motivation of military personnel is always stronger than the technical equipment of the army." The full name of the conference is “The Orthodox Church of Moldova and the State. Faith and Knowledge”.
Gaychuk noted that then in this context he cited the example of small in size and equipment of the army, with serious motivation.
"Among others, I cited the Donbass army as an example, without giving it any assessment," said Gaychuk. He noted that this becomes clear from the video of his full speech. He said that in his speech he spoke about examples of the armies of Vietnam, Palestine, Afghanistan, and then the “army of Donbass”.
"I’ll say clearly that there is no more speculation: as a citizen, a military man in reserve and the Minister of Defense, I respect and will always respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Gaychuk wrote.
Next, we give an excerpt from the speech of Gaychuk, who cited the demands of his resignation.
“I am often asked why Moldova needs an army if we will never win? And I give only one example - the Donbass. There are about 10,000 soldiers in the Donbass, almost like in the National Army of Moldova. And in the Ukrainian army - 168,000. So, in simple terms. That is, spirit, faith are effective in the fight. If a soldier believes in his commander, loves his homeland, then he will win with less modern weapons than the enemy’s, "said Gaychuk.