Ukraine is about to change the military budget structure, President Petro Poroshenko said during his speech in Kyiv translated by 112.ua TV channel.
“We are depressed by the war and the economic aggression unleashed by Russia. For most Ukrainian producers, Russian markets are unavailable. Russia simply bans our products ,and we will take it into account. We will effectively use the means at our disposal and change the military budget structure”, said the President.
According to him, in the coming year, expenditures for arms and military vehicles will grow from 15 to 21%. “Besides, we foresee an increase in expenditures for training the Armed Forces – from 3 to 6%. The intensity of combat training grew more than threefold this year. Next year, the servicemen’s wages will grow almost twice”, Poroshenko noted.
According to the draft budget, released by the Finance Ministry on Thursday, in the coming year, about 4.5% of Ukraine’s GDP (about USD 4 bln) will be spent on defense and national security.