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Number of Armed Forces of Ukraine personnel
In March last year Verkhovna Rada increased the number of Armed Forces of Ukraine military up to 250 thousand, including 204 thousand soldiers. The number of the army personnel was significantly curtailed in 2011 from 245 thousand to 192 thousand people. Three years ago, the number of the army members amounted to 165.5 thousand, including 120.9 thousand soldiers.
During 2016 about 64 thousand soldiers, of which about 7200 are the officers, have concluded contract with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
About 17 thousand female soldiers are serving in the Ukrainian Army. There are 2.2 thousand women officers.
Weapons and military equipment
During the year Armed Forces of Ukraine received 1398 units of new weapons and military equipment, almost 12 thousand units have been renovated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine forces and means.
In mid-October, they received 150 pieces of equipment for various purposes: combat reconnaissance and patrol vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles of various modifications, anti-aircraft missile systems, modernized tanks T-64 and T-80, KrAZ heavy trucks, artillery weapons, other weapons and means of logistic support.
For the needs of Armed Forces of Ukraine were also sent modernized combat helicopters Mi-24 with a new navigation system, which are equipped with engines of Ukrainian origin, and transport helicopters Mi-8, the planes MiG-29, Su-25, Su-27 and AN-26, as well as radar stations .
In January 2016 financial maintenance for military personnel was increased. For example, the brigade commander, who had previously received 6 thousand 500 UAH, already has 16 thousand UAH, and the soldiers who received previously 2 thousand 341 UAH, now have 7 thousand UAH.
In addition, individual payments for participating in the ATO are envisaged. Those soldiers who are serving at the military contact line, are provided with monetary compensation in the amount of 4 thousand 200 UAH, those who are beyond the contact line receive 1200 UAH.
During 2014-2015, six waves of partial mobilization were held in Ukraine, during which nearly 300 thousand people entered the army ranks.
Armed Forces of Ukraine uniform
According to the Defense Ministry, military units, which carry out tasks in the ATO area, are already fully provided with clothing and equipment. It includes: high boots, jacket and warm pants, knitted underwear (sweatshirt with long sleeves anв underpants) - two sets, knitted gloves, winter socks - 2 pairs, waterproof costumes, rubber boots.
After complaints regarding the last year's winter uniform of Armed Forces of Ukraine, its forces and means were engaged in the development of new clothes, which will warm the fighters in ATO zone and at the same time would be comfortable for the soldiers. As reported by the Centre for development and maintenance of financial security of the army, the new winter clothing has windproof and waterproof characteristics.
In addition, Ukrainian military received new hats, made from wool, with a fleece inside. The warehouses of Armed Forces of Ukraine also received for delivery to the ATO area about 8 thousand of jackets, 15 thousand of new pants, 55 thousand of winter hats. Also about 40 thousand fleece costumes were manufactured for the personnel.
Since 2017 the terms of wearing field form of clothing and special costumes had been reduced by half.
New dry ration
In the ATO fighters ration appeared honey and even chocolate. At the beginning of October 2016 the new dry ration was approved for the military.
The daily dry meal set includes galettes from the flour of the first grade, rusks, ready-to-eat first meal (soups), ready-to-eat main dish (cereals with meat), pork stew, instant coffee, dried fruits, tea, sugar, honey, fruit jam, black pepper, chocolate, salt, chewing gum, as well as disposable plastic spoon, paper and wet serviettes.
In the draft state budget of Ukraine for 2017 on the support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and training of troops provided 51 billion 863 million 388 thousand UAH. In the budget for 2016 40.9 billion UAH was allocated for the maintenance of Armed Forces of Ukraine and 3.2 billion UAH for the troops’ trainings.
Unfortunately, since the beginning of the ATO 2145 members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been killed, and more than 7 thousand military have been injured.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine transition to NATO standards is scheduled for completion by 2020. A year ago, was approved a plan on performing basic activities for the transition to NATO standards, which contains specific actions with clear deadlines for their implementation.
Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that in general NATO has 1250 standards, of which 65% are operating standards (doctrines, teachings, techniques), 20% relate to weapons, military equipment, means of communication, another 15% are administrative.
Armed Forces of Ukraine received logistical support from the 18 countries of the world. Since the beginning of 2014 for the army’s needs we have received counter-battery radar, means of communications, navigation and surveillance, personal protective equipment, medical equipment, materials, medical evacuation vehicles worth more than $ 189 million.