President Petro Poroshenko said during extended government meeting on Tuesday, Censor.NET correspondent reports.
"I was informed that they [expenditures for defense] are 15 times smaller... This is wrong... They are 40 times less than those of the aggressor state," he said in particular.
According to Poroshenko, Ukraine "has no choice" but to build up defense potential in this regard.
He also said that Ukraine has lost 25 percent of its industrial capacity while 10 percent of enterprises have been physically destroyed due to the hostilities in the Donbas and Crimea annexation.
In particular, the extraction of coal decreased by half, Poroshenko said.