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Ukraine’s ground forces increased by 120 thousand over two years
19:16, 12 December 2016
Ukraine’s ground forces increased by 120 thousand over two years

12 brigades and 8 regiments were formed and all of this was done while fighting, according to him

19:16, 12 December 2016

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The Armed Forces of Ukraine had problems with equipment due to lack of funding, but during the last two and a half years the number of Ground troops increased by 120 thousand officers and the reforms were conducted, Ukraine’s Defense Minister of Stepan Poltorak reported on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"There were problems with the supplies, with equipment. It was because the attention paid by the State to the Armed Forces is hard to call “attention” at all. Because to spend 1%, 1.5%, 2% of GDP on weaponry development and on general provision of the Armed Forces –made it only possible to survive but not grow. But in these conditions we encountered war, " Poltorak said.

In recent years, much has changed: "For 2.5 years the Army took the major blow and burden. 12 brigades and 8 regiments was formed in the Army during this time. The number of Ground forces today is almost 169 thousand compared to 49 thousand before. Reserve corps administrations were formed, military administration bodies were reformed and four operational commands were created. And most importantly - it all happened at a time when he had to fight, " the Defense Minister said.

Related: Parubiy: Ukrainian army revived 25 years ago, but hardened in Donbas

Earlier it was reported that military aggression resulted in revival of Ukrainian army, but in USSR format. Only after beginning of armed conflict in east of the state combat-ready units emerged, logistics began to improve, and the transition to contract basis was sped up. 

Armed Forces of Ukraine celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary. However, some experts say that the Ukrainian army, in fact, is only three years old. Because only after the beginning of the armed conflict in the east of the state combat-ready units were emerged, logistics began to improve, and the transition to contract basis was sped up. However, military experts point out that the reform of the Ukrainian Army is far from its end. They said the armed forces of Ukraine are structured on the Soviet model, and algorithms for decision making, strategic command and coordination have changed just a little.

Major achievements in the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took place precisely during the period of military conflict in the east.

Related: Over 64,000 servicemen signed in with Ukrainian army this year

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