Poltorak hopes that by the end of 2016, the headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy will operate in Odessa

Полторак рассчитывает, что до конца 2016 г. штаб ВМС Украины будет функционировать в Одессе

Until the end of 2016, the headquarters of the naval forces of Armed forces of Ukraine will be placed in Odessa. This was stated by the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak in an interview with foreign journalists, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.

“Intense fighting in Eastern Ukraine is slightly stalled the reform process. There are problems, in particular, with the leadership of the Navy. We’ve been looking for local host Navy. We already have a solution to build a naval base in Odessa. We found the grounds, the room, we found 100 million USD, there will be placed everything – from school and the naval Academy to staff and infrastructure, will be also and social conditions for Navy servicemen. I hope that before the end of the year the staff of the Navy will visit the new place,” he said.

Poltorak also expressed hope that soon the country’s leadership will decide on the appointment of a new commander of the Ukrainian Navy, “which will be able to prepare and program development and to begin reforms There… need to work, there are many problems,” he said.

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Answering the Agency’s question about who can be appointed, the Minister of defence said, “let’s wait, we have a few candidates, decent people, people with serious experience fighting.”

We will remind, earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has approved the Annual national cooperation program NATO – Ukraine for 2016.

We will note, according to the results 2015 in the Ministry of defence introduced the 19 NATO standards. Within four months, the standards of the Alliance plan to introduce in the national guard.