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 Defense Ministry’s main task is transition to new standard of combat readiness. The army is ready to defend Ukraine – Minister of Defense Poltorak

One of the main problems that the Defense Ministry is faced with is the transition of the army to the new standards of military readiness.

This was stated by Minister of Defense Stepan Poltrak in his report on 100 days of the new Cabinet, Censor.NET reports.

"The main priority of the Defense Ministry is the creation of mobile, highly trained armed forces," Poltorak said.

According to the minister, a partial reform of the Defense Ministry and the General Staff has already been conducted with 12 departments restructured and four disbanded.

"A candidate pool of 1,472 ATO servicemen has been created for the replacement of senior positions in the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff ... A board of volunteers has been created. The work of enlistment officers has been optimized. Only ATO participants are appointed as chief enlistment officers," Poltorak said.

He also noted that the parliament's decision to increase the army to 250,000 people is an important achievement.

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However, Poltorak noted that the Ministry still needs to realize numerous important tasks. Firstly, in regard of building up defense capabilities to meet new challenges and threats.

"The main tasks are to complete the work on the transition to the new standards of combat readiness, training of troops, logistics, supplying the armed forces of Ukraine ... But the main thing is that we clearly know what to do, we clearly know how to do it ... The main goal is reliable defense of Ukraine. The armed forces are ready to defend Ukraine, " the Minister concluded.

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In turn, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsenii Yatsenyuk noted that the main task is to update the logistics of the armed forces and renew the defense equipment. Yatseniuk said that the state budget has funds for these purposes and the Finance Ministry is ready to allocate them.

According to Stepan Poltorak, this year the Defense Ministry plans to purchase and renovate about 12,500 pieces of military equipment. This figure, according to the defense minister, is unprecedented for the armed forces.


 
 
 
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