This was stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov at the Honcharivske training facility that hosted Pivnichna Fortetsia (Northern Fortress) 2018 territorial defense exercise, Censor.NET reports citing NSDC press service.
"The inscription on the chevrons of the territorial defense fighters reads: ‘Defend Ukraine by defending our homes’. This slogan reflects the essence of the territorial defense concept which is being developed by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and General Staff," Turchynov said.
The NSDC secretary added that the meaning of this slogan should become an objective for all the country's territorial defense units.
According to Turchynov, the territorial defense brigades and separate reserve units of the National Guard and border guards are being created in each region according to the project drafted by the General Staff. "The development of the territorial defense system must turn each district and each city into an impenetrable stronghold during the special period," he stressed adding that "a powerful multilayered territorial defense system is the key to Ukraine’s defense during the large-scale military confrontation."
The official emphasized that the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans and young reservists demonstrated their military skills and expertise while training shoulder to shoulder with each other at today’s mock battle at the Honcharivske training ground in the Chernihiv region. "I am convinced that they would act no less effectively in real combat," Turchynov said.
He also noted that a several thousand strong additional reserve of the Armed Forces, the National Guard and the border troops is being trained as part of the territorial defense system development project. "As a result, we must get an additional powerful half a million strong army capable of reliably protecting Ukraine from any aggressor," the NSDC press service quoted the Council head as saying.