This was announced by Deputy Defense Minister Oleksandr Oliynyk at a press conference in Kyiv, Liga reports.
"For years this question (about the transition of the Armed Forces on a contract basis) was studied by the leadership of the state and the military, and today the final decision was made - this fall will be the last general draft," said the Deputy Minister.
According to Oliynyk, the working on hiring contract soldiers is already underway. The official added that today the earnings of contractors are 5-6,2 thousand UAH a month.
According to the concept of reforming the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian army will fully switch to contract basis in 2017. Today Ukraine has a mixed system of service: contract and term with most of the officers transferred to contract service. The concept of military reform is to reduce the number of state troops to 115 thousand people. Today it is 184 thousand people.