President Poroshenko in his latest interview with The Washington Post hignlighted that the U.S. and Ukraine are now finding an effective method of defence. “I think it was a very unclear discussion about the lethal weapons [that] should be supplied by the U.S. We don’t talk about the lethal weapons. Ukraine is an industrialized nation that can produce their own weapons. We’re talking about the defensive weapons, which help us just defensively. And sorry for my pathos, but we here defend not just Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We here defend freedom and democracy. And we are now fighting with the weapons of the 20th century against the weapons of the 21st century. Because the military budget of Ukraine and the military budget of Russia … we are defending by ourselves. And that’s why the supply for us of defensive weapons — this is not just for war with Russia, this is just to build up [a] stronger, global system of security,” he stated.
September 12 The Cabinet of Ministers supported the increase in the defense budget in 2016 at 5% of gross domestic product. By the end of the year, more than 400 pieces of military equipment will be obtained by the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak.