Ukraine is Creating an Army of 250,000 People and a Cemetery for 250,000 Graves


Julia May for

On December 12, 2014, at the morning session of the Verkhovna Rada Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the 2015 state budget of Ukraine allocated more than a billion hryvnia for the purchase of special communication system for Ukrainian Armed Forces, adding that overall 50 billion hryvnia was allocated for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“Last year’s budget for UAH amounted to 15 billion and 11 billion from the Reserve Fund,” – he recalled. The modernization of the armed forces of Ukraine will cost 401 million hryvnia, the purchase of new equipment – 6.45 billion hryvnia.

The Defense Ministry also plans to work on the creation of new divisions, units and special operations forces.

Until the end of the year, in his words, the entire personnel of the Ministry of Defense will be recertified, including recertification of personnel at the Intelligence Directorate.

Previously Poltorak said about the need for the next wave of mobilization.

The forces of the Ukrainian army will be doubled next year, announced Poltorak.

According to him, last year the number of troops was 130 thousand, in 2015 the number is planned to increase up to 250 thousand troops.

Kristina Rus: Ukrainian government is very prudent, at the same time creating a cemetery for 250,000 graves

Translated by Kristina Rus for

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