"14,500 contract soldiers were recruited to the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the beginning of 2015. They include 10,223 civilians, 622 conscripts, and 3,676 mobilized troops. The total number of contract soldiers recruited in 2014 was 11,985. Next year we plan to recruit from 18 to 20 thousand contract soldiers," the statement reads.
"Our plans for the next year are even more ambitious. To implement them, we have already introduced six-month contracts. We also plan to improve the financial security of the contractors soon," the General Staff wrote.
SOF training to be held as scheduled; General Staff's attempt to reschedule failed