"A major objective for the Government and the country
is to ensure the Armed Forces of Ukraine actually become a NATO member. This
means that all standards embedded in the Ukrainian Armed Forces must comply
with the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance", said the Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Tuesday, February 16, at the
Parliament during a Government's report on its activities for 2015.
The Prime Minister also highlighted an issue of national
security and defence: "We started from scratch to form the Ukrainian army,
and therefore it was necessary to reform the system of national security and defense, and primarily - to fight in the eastern front
against the Russian military intervention".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the Government together with
the parliamentary coalition declared a new security policy: "The
Parliament passed a decision to abandon the so-called non-aligned status, which
was nothing more than a bribe to the Russian Federation to make Ukraine give up
on the prospect of becoming a NATO member".
"Our course, the course of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
to follow is the full-fledged membership in the Alliance - was backed by
appropriate reforms and appropriate funding", he stressed.
If last year the total funding to satisfy the needs of
national security and defense amounted almost UAH 96
billion, for the current year the Government increased it up to UAH 113
The Prime Minister informed that for the needs of Ukrainian
troops there had been purchased 100 thousand new combat helmets and body
armours, 34 thousand new weaponry items: "The Ukrainian Armed Forces added
a series of new and modernized Ukrainian and foreign armour to its
A wide reform of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is underway,
starting with the logistics to supply the Ukrainian Army and ending with the
financing of the UAF, he stressed.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that last year the Government had
embarked on the process of increase of social standards and wages for the
Ukrainian military who are serving in the anti-terror operation area. And this
year they have managed to find sources to double the size of cash allowance for
the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
As part of the reform
in the Ukrainian Army it is among those who were first to introduce
e-procurement. In the previous year it enabled to economize about UAH 200
million UAH due to the fact that an auction to purchase property objects and to
provide logistical support activities for the Armed Forces of the country was
Government fulfils its social function to support the Ukrainian military
personnel who had served in the ATO area and were demobilized, claims Arseniy
Yatsenyuk. Up to now about 160 thousand Ukrainian soldiers have been assigned
the status of ATO participant.
"Together with our partners from NATO we have
established six trust funds, which are responsible for reforms in each
particular sector of the national security and defense
- starting with training and uniforms for the Ukrainian military personnel and
ending with new advanced logistics support", he stressed.
As part of the security policy the Government launched a
project the European Rampart: "Finally, Ukraine has started to build
defensive facilities at the border with the Russian Federation. Overall, there
have been dug over 200 kilometers of anti-tank ditch
network, constructed over 70 kilometres of border barriers, erected 32 watch
towers”, he told.
Ukraine has taken a very active stand and brought legal
action against the Russian Federation for the illegal annexation of Crimea, for
the intervention of Russia to the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk and illegal
occupation of part of Ukraine’s territory, the Head of Government of Ukraine
He reminded that a number of lawsuits against the Russian
Federation had been filed in the European Court of Human Rights: "Apart
from that, the Ukrainian Government is engaged in activities to sue Russia in
the International Court of Justice (the United Nations) for violating the International Convention
for the Suppression
of the Financing of Terrorism".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk highlighted
that the Ukrainian State has a broad support from the international
community which imposed sanctions against an
aggressor State: "The United States of
America, the European Union, G7 States introduced
financial and economic, personal and sectoral sanctions
The Government proposed the Parliament to
adopt the law on sanctions, he said: "For the first
time in history of the country we have created an international
legal tool to bring to justice and impose retaliatory
sanctions against any State, which is now an aggressor-state – the Russian
He reminded that the
National Security and Defense
Council of Ukraine had adopted a decision and introduced
personal and sectoral sanctions against Russian
companies and Russian citizens. Inter alia, the Head of
Government stressed, Ukraine banned Russian airlines from
using its airspace.
As part of our new security policy there
was also introduced a new information
policy. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Parliament for the
adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On
the international broadcasting
system of Ukraine”:
"The information policy of Ukraine
is now fighting against Russian propaganda,
which is actually propaganda based on Goebbels’
principles in the Russian interpretation".