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 Strategic Defense Bulletin will enable real structural reforms in MoD, - Butusov

For the first time in two years, a defense planning document of strategic level has been developed in Ukraine. The first innovation was the Military doctrine 2015 – the basic framework document. The Strategic Defense Bulletin is the document of a different level – it includes obligations of the Ukrainian authorities on conducting structural reforms.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote in the article "Strategic Defense Bulletin agreed - big day for military reform in Ukraine."

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"What is the practical significance of the Strategic Defense Bulletin? The implementation of the SDB's provisions defines the volume of financing of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies by NATO in 2016. Yes, the U.S. budget stipulates for up to $500 million in support for Ukraine. However, these funds will only be allocated upon the implementation of the SDB-prescribed strategy. The governments of Canada, the Netherlands, and other countries that want to stop Putin's threat to the European security, will make decisions in similar manner," the journalist noted.

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"For the first time in two years, a defense planning document is accepted, based on which real structural reforms in the Defense Ministry can be implemented. This means that we might move from words and imitations to real actions. NATO countries have in fact assumed most of responsibility for practical development of the Strategic Defense Bulletin. This shows the West's significant interest in conducting reforms in the defense and security sector. Sympathy and concern are gradually replaced with deeper involvement of NATO in Ukraine's problems," he remarked.

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"The drafting of the Strategic Defense Bulletin should be the first step for the Defense Ministry - after it, development of implementation programs and creation of a controlling institution for reforms monitoring are expected. Together with elaboration of similar strategies for the Interior Ministry, the National Guard, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service, the Intelligence Service, and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Defense Ministry," Butusov summed up.
 
 
 
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