On Tuesday, 30
September, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has visited the training
center of the National Guard of Ukraine in Novi Petrivtsi,
where he checked the NGU units’ readiness, which are
going to the area of counter-terrorism operation, to meet this winter.
center has been attended by Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and Commander of the
National Guard of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.
At this time, 650
soldiers, who are going to be sent into the ATO area after rotation, have arrived
at the training center.
has reviewed the samples of winter uniforms for employees of the Minister of
Internal Affairs, patrol and inspection service and soldiers, who are going to
perform tasks in the area of counter-terrorism operation.
He has told
reporters that the entire winter kit "from socks to warm uniform" costs
up to UAH 5 thousand. In general, 37250 soldiers of the National Guard are
planned to be provided with winter clothing by 10 October: "Now came the
first batch of kits – 5 thousand. It is expected the next one- also 5 thousand."
has checked armored vehicles arrived at the National Guard Training Center to be sent to the ATO area, including armored cars Cougar, Spartan with warming.
Minister has noted that total
amount of purchases of new equipment is 600 units, 100 units have already come.
The PM has been
also showed armored armored
KrAZ trucks, KrAZ trucks
with warming, where can be heated and spend the night up to 20 soldiers.
has reported that due to the only order for the National Guard, KrAZ factory is loaded by the end of this year: "On
the one hand, we’re ensuring the fighting capability and defense of the state. On
the other hand, the economy receives funds because everything is made in Ukraine
- from KrAZ trucks to winter uniforms. Some fabrics are
purchased abroad. But our people are working and thus our people have jobs and wages."
The Prime Minister
got acquainted with the prototype sample of modular barracks for personnel, which
can temporarily shelter 32 to 40 soldiers. It is designed to be used at temperatures ranging from 40 C below
zero up to 40 C above zero, and equipped, in particular, with toilets, beds, autonomous
He informed such
barracks cost about UAH 800 thousand. According to him, this mobile winter
roadblock "is acceptable and can be used for the National Guard”, "We
shall buy what we can in this version. And we will be working on a cheaper
variant, capable to provide more heating and to shelter a larger number of
people who can live in such barracks".
also examined the equipment necessary for winter period, in particular,
furnaces, field kitchens, chainsaws, electric diesel generator sets.
In addition, the
Head of the Government checked a combat ration for the soldiers of the National
Guard and tasted it. According to him, the cost of such field ration, which is calculated
per soldier a day, is ranging from UAH 56 to 62.
In the training
center of the base there took place a meeting on the prospects of establishing certain
training complexes on the bases of the National Guard. The Prime Minister was
shown a presentation of simulators for tank crews, an armored
personnel carrier, a helicopter.
The commander of
the National Guard of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that complexes of simulators could be created
on the military bases in Novi Petrivtsi and Stare
village. Here could be trained tankers, infantrymen, gunners and air defence fighters.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk commissioned to study the issue and prepare an approximate
budget of such complex. He noted that apart from combat training of soldiers such
complexes would provide people with work and salaries.
The soldiers in
the training center demonstrated reliability of "Cougar"
armor and armored KrAZ.
visit, Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized that the National Guard successfully
fulfilled the decree of the Government on the preparation for the winter period.
The PM informed
that on October 3 he would examine the state of preparations for winter of the
Armed Forces of Ukraine, "On Friday I will travel to see the state of
matters in the military units, what has been made by the General headquarters
and the Ministry of Defence. Hence, the funds have been allotted. As I have
been informed, "in papers" there have been purchased 16 thousand sets
of uniforms. Now I want to check the quality of the uniform and shoes”.