Defence Minister: Five priority activity directions have been selected this year which are determined on the basis of existing threats in the east of Ukraine

2018-03-03 15:57:00 | ID: 38811

Defence Minister of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stressed during meeting with media representatives.

“Security sector reform is the most expensive. Different countries spend different financial resources to carry out these reforms. If reform of the military authorities, reform of training system, recruiting system, command and control system, even the reform of logistics system can be carried out at the expense of a relatively small financial resource, then rearmament of all troops to a new types of weapon requires a lot of time”, said General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.

According to the Minister of Defence, he knows some NATO members who joined the Alliance 20 years ago and who were once armed with completely Soviet technologies, but have not been fully rearmed for 20 years.

“I will give an example in one direction — anti-tank means. The Ukrainian defence and industrial complex has worked very well and produced finished products — modern anti-tank missile systems ‘Stugna’, ‘Corsar’, which meet all existing standards today. We have a tank threat from Donetsk and Luhansk, as the Russian Federation has more than 700 tanks on this territory”, said Minister of Defence.

“Therefore, in order to adequately respond to the threat, this year we have given the priority to modernizing this armament and military equipment. There are also four strategic directions we are working on and that are defined in the state defence order for this year. All of our strategic directions respond to existing strategic threats”, the Minister said.

According to the Head of the defence department, the defence industry has significantly increased its efficiency level.

“If, for example, BTR-4E, which has passed more than 100 refinements during the modernization and test on the front line, in my opinion, today is one of the best in the world in its class”, said Stepan Poltorak.

“The same work is carried out both on anti-tank means and on unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare stations, technical intelligence and air defence means, which are critically necessary for us to defend and protect our country”, Gen. Poltorak commented.