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 40 percent of Defense Ministry and 25 percent of General Staff units to be reformed before end of year, Minister Poltorak says

The completion of the Defense Ministry reform stipulating clearly defined public control over the Armed Forces is scheduled for 2018. The Secretary of State should also be appointed by that time.

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said on air of Channel 5, Censor.NET reports.

"We plan to complete drafting regulations on the Armed Forces' development, reform 40 percent of Defense Ministry and 25 percent of General Staff units by the end of the year," he said.

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According to the minister, it is impossible to reform everything at once. "The year-to-year prospects are as follows: we plan to complete the Defense Ministry reform by almost 80 percent and the General Staff by 50 percent in 2017. We plan to complete the reform of the Combined Operation Staff of the Armed Forces and uniformed services according to the newly created branches and new objectives," Poltorak said.

"In 2018, we plan to complete the Defense Ministry reform stipulating clearly defined public control over the Armed Forces and a civilian occupying position of the defense minister. The reform also stipulates for the Secretary of State appointment, redistribution of functions, tasks, control and responsibility system at all levels," the minister added.

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According to the Ukrainian Defense Minister, all military authorities, all detachments must be reformed in accordance with the existing standards in 2019-2020.

"The reform of the Armed Forces will be completed after introduction of separate positions of the Commander-in-Chief and Chief of the General Staff," Poltorak said.

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"In the meantime, we proceed as planned. We have implemented all our commitments, but there is still slight backpedaling in funding," he stressed.
 
 
 
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