The number of the Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas during the Joint Forces Operation will depend on the prevailing circumstances. Stepan Poltorak, the Defense Minister of Ukraine claimed this as BBS News Ukraine reported.
'If it is the operation on the stabilization of the situation at the first stage, then, according to my opinion, the current number of the soldiers will be enough. If the situation worsens or the decision on the release of the territory is made, then, of course, it will be necessary to increase the number of the personnel', the minister noted.
On April 13, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed that the Anti-terrorist operation in the East of Ukraine is to be renamed in the Joint Forces Operation since April 30, 2018.
The format change of the Anti-terrorist operation to the Joint Forces Operation is provided by the law on Donbas reintegration. According to the law, the Joint Operation Headquarters is the main HQ in the Donbas conflict zone. It will be responsible for forces and means of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military formations, Internal Ministry, the National Police, which are involved in the “deterrence and rebuff of Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions”. The law enforcers, military servicemen and everyone involved in the counterwork against the aggressor, report to the Head of the Joint Operation Headquarters.
The Joint Force Commander participated in the deployment of the forces and the development of the action plans in cases of unexpected circumstances to use the Armed Forces and Security Forces. The Commander has a right to report to the President about the readiness and the progress the Joint Forces tasks. The President is to approve the idea to implement the Joint Forces Operation.
As it was reported earlier, Poroshenko appointed Serhiy Nayev the Joint Force Commander.