Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense wants to triple budget, enlarge army

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense wants to triple budget, enlarge army
Translated by: Anna Mostovych

Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak presented the 2015 military budget in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday, December 12, requesting UAH 50 billion — more than three times the current budget, reports BBC Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense is proposing a budget of UAH 50bn for 2015, Stepan Poltorak said during his appearance at the Verkhovna Rada. He explained that the guaranteed budget for 2014 was UAH 15bn and that 11bn was taken from the reserve fund. Additionally, he said the Ministry of Defense plans to significantly increase the size of the army to 250,000.

According to Poltorak, next year the ministry wants to create new divisions and units, special operations forces, and four operational commands with territorial administrative control.

Poltorak also reported on plans to relocate military units from the western to the eastern borders of Ukraine since that is where the danger to the country lies. “We redeployed the naval fleet from Crimea, so we plan to spend on their relocation and settlement,” he said.

New weapons and enlarged army

Additionally, Poltorak said the ministry plans to spend UAH 7.45bn on new weapons — UAH 5.7bn going to domestic manufacturers and 1.74bn for imported equipment. Almost UAH 2bn is allocated for modern communications and the creation of specialized military units. Total personnel costs are estimated at UAH 15bn, with 2.8bn for base salaries and 1.56bn for food.

The size of the army will increase significantly, with plans calling for the addition of 40,000 enlisted personnel and 10,500 contract military.

“Army numbers have increased. Right now they are at 232,000 military as compared to 130,000 last year. They will increase to 250,00 people,” he said.

Adapted from article in BBC Ukraine. 

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts