National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said in an interview with UNIAN news agency, Censor.NET informs.
"The Soviet era nuclear missile shield was developed by Ukrainian enterprises. Our country had got a strong defense capability. But Ukraine's defense industry has been deliberately destroyed over past 20 years. It all started with the Budapest Memorandum, when Ukraine gave up the world's third nuclear capability in exchange for "a solid guarantee" of its security. But when the time came, it turned out that these guarantees were not worth a straw," the NSDC secretary stressed.
"Moreover, one of the guarantor states waged the war against us. On the other side, the Russian agents and Kremlin puppets running our country for many years were systematically taking efforts to destroy the foundations of Ukraine's security. They were destroying the army, weapons, defense industry... The defense industry enterprises were going bankrupt, many of them were closed down, and the equipment was junked. The best hardware was removed from service and sold. That's what we started our work with," Turchynov explained.