The Government of
Ukraine submits to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a draft law on an increase of the
total personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine up to 250 thousand. Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced at a Government meeting on
Wednesday, January 21.
He stressed that the
Cabinet of Ministers proposes to increase the maximum quantity of the Armed
Forces of Ukraine by 68 thousand – up to 250 thousand people, with 204 thousand
military personnel out of this number.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk explained
this decision would be financed by the Government.
The Prime Minister
reminded that overall financing of the national security and defence in the
current year makes up UAH 90 billion, "This is a record number that
exceeds the gross domestic product by 5.2%. Budget 2015 is a defence and
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to
the Ukrainian Parliament with a request to pass the relevant bill during the
next plenary session.