In 2.5 years the number of land forces of Ukraine increased by 120 thousand, – Poltorak

За 2,5 года численность сухопутных войск Украины увеличилась на 120 тысяч, - Полторак

In the Armed forces of Ukraine were problems with the equipment due to insufficient funding, but over the past 2.5 years the number of ground troops has increased by 120 thousand and undertook reforms. This was stated by the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak on air of TV channel “112 Ukraine”.

“There were problems with deliveries of supplies. It was all because of the attention which was paid by the state of the APU, to call attention very difficult. Because 1%, 1,5%, 2% GDP on the development of weapons, generally ensuring that the APU – it figures that gave the opportunity only to survive, but not grow. But in these conditions we met war,” – said Poltorak.

According to him, lately things have changed: “Over the 2.5 years the army took the brunt of the load. The army during this time has formed 12 teams, 8 regiments. The number of ground troops today is almost 169 thousand and 49 thousand Formed a management reserve corps, conducted a reform of the military administration, created 4 operational command. And most importantly, all this occurred at a time when it was necessary to conduct combat operations”, – said the Minister of defence.

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Recall that in the draft state budget for 2017 in the national security and defense provided is 129.3 billion, or 5% of GDP. In the 2016 budget on defense and security of Ukraine was provided to 113.6 billion.

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