The Cabinet of
Ministers reports that, pursuing a decree of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, through April -
September of the current year, including the decision of 28 August 2014
"About urgent measures for
protection of Ukraine and
strengthening of its defense capability", enacted by the decree of
President of Ukraine of September 24, 2014, it adopted a number of measures in
the sphere of security and defense. In particular:
1. Measures on deepening cooperation of Ukraine with
the EU and NATO
From March 2014, face
to face with the aggression of the Russian Federation, the Government of
Ukraine has intensified a political dialogue with leading countries of the
European Union and the world. Due to the negotiations with the states being guarantors
of Ukraine’s security, the Government has managed, instead of turning the
conflict in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine into an internal civil conflict of our
country, to make it a key security issue within the region. This Government's
position has contributed in reaching the Geneva Accords, which created the
framework conditions for de-escalating the situation around Ukraine and
prevented direct invasion of the Russian troops.
On August 29 the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved and submitted to Parliament a bill
"On amendments to several laws of Ukraine on ensuring sovereignty and
protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine”, which stipulates for the
abolition of a non-alignement status of Ukraine and
fixes at the legislative level the invariability of European integration course;
it also contains certain legislative prerequisites to ensure integration of
Ukraine into the Euro-Atlantic security area. The Government stresses that the objective
of Ukraine is the status of a particular NATO partner and NATO membership in
the short term.
2. Material support of the armed forces officers and
other members of the ATO
For the first time during
independence years, Ukraine has faced military aggression. Despite the devastating
financial crisis, in 2014 the Government has increased expenses on defense and security by UAH 18.5 million, which exceeds by
40.7 percent the expenses of the previous year. Thus, the Government provided
financially implementation of the NSDC decision on anti-terrorist operations.
At a session of
the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of May 30, 2014 the Ministry of Defense was instructed to urgently revise the supply system of the Armed Forces,
in particular, nutrition and order
of delivery of material means taking
into account the
practical experience gained during the antiterrorist operation. To execute the
order, the nutritional standards for ATO participants have been doubled.
Throughout the whole period
of ATO each regular and special meeting of the Government concerned the needs
of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior and other law
enforcement agencies. These material needs received relevant financing.
With a resolution of the Government called to ensure the army’s needs,
on April 1 there started placement of government securities. By September 2014,
the Oshchadbank institutions have sold treasury bonds
worth UAH 150 million.
From August 2014, there has been established a military tax on the
temporary basis. It afforded during the first month to accumulate additional
UAH 300 million in the state budget.
With the relevant Act
the Government has stirred up and simplified the transfer of military
equipment, weapons and ammunition among the law enforcement agencies.
On July 1, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Government’s initiatives
concerning amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine, which temporarily, for the
ATO period, are exempt from VAT on the import and supply on the customs
territory of Ukraine of special personal protective equipment (helmets, liners, body armors); medicines and medical
The Government has elaborated
bills "On the design and production of weaponry, military and special
equipment” and “About military-technical cooperation".
The government has designed
and the Verkhovna Rada approved the Law of Ukraine "On amendments to the
Customs Code of Ukraine on simplification of import of defence goods" and
the Law of Ukraine "On amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine on the
exemption from taxation of defence products", which significantly simplify
the importation of military purpose goods. On September 2, 2014 the mentioned laws
were signed by the President and came in force.
3. Political and economic measures aimed at cessation
of Russian aggression against Ukraine
On March 13, the pro-government
coalition in the Verkhovna Rada, on conditions of endangering to the
territorial integrity of Ukraine and discrediting the internal forces during the
Revolution of dignity, approved the Law "On the National Guard”.
Understanding the importance of immediate solving the issues of the defense of the state, the Government allocated from the Reserve
Fund of the state budget almost UAH 7 billion.
Pursuant to the approved
by the Parliament, on the initiative of the Government, the law of Ukraine
"On sanctions" on August 12, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted and
submitted for consideration by NSDC the propositions on the use of special personal
economic and other restrictive measures to 209 legal entities and over 1000
individuals involved in the support of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
guarantees and financial support of ATO participants
By Resolution 413 the Government approved the the procedure for
granting the status of combatant persons who are directly engaged in
The decree of the Government doubled the salary of ATO participants (Resolution
158 of 4 May). The same payment is also saved for people who are treated after combat
mission execution in the ATO area.
The government's decision (Order 729-p of 13 August and Resolution 476 of
23 September) allocated almost UAH 29 million for the purchase of apartments
for the families who were left without a breadwinner.
To carry out social welfare and rehabilitation of ATO participants, the Government
established the State Service for Veterans, People with Disabilities and
Participants in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).
5. Security and protection of
the State Border
To implement the orders of the Prime Minister, it was created a draft presidential
decree “On the demarcation of the Ukrainian-Russian border”.
On September 3, an Action Plan "Recovery for Ukraine" was
presented at the meeting of the Government. In the framework of the Plan it has
been launched a project "The Wall". Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed
that it is a complete re-equipment of the state border between Ukraine and the
Russian Federation. The Government has already allocated UAH 100 million for
On September 17, the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted a decree "On approval
of the action plan for building of Ukrainian-Russian border and administrative border
with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."
In order to ensure public safety, the Government suspended the movement in
16 out of 65 existing checkpoints at Ukrainian-Russian state border.
6. Measures in the field of cyber
security and the protection of information space
In September, the Administration of the State Service for Special Communications and Information
Protection of Ukraine submitted to the Cabinet
a draft Law of Ukraine “On basic principles of ensuring cyber security of Ukraine”.
It was also submitted to the Government a draft decree "On approval of the
programme of state information resources protection from
unlawful interference in their activities."
The Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft presidential decree “On the
Ukraine’s Cyber Security Strategy” and submitted it to the President of Ukraine.