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Defense Minister: Ukraine’s Armed Forces have 255,000 troops

Defense Minister: Ukraine’s Armed Forces have 255,000 troops

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine back in 2014 were nothing like what Ukraine had in 2017, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak said, according to the Ministry’s website.
Poltorak said that in these three years, the number of troops increased from 150,000 to 255,000.
The Defense Minister said that the state of the Ukrainian military in 2014 was “catastrophic”.

“We didn’t have the clothes to put on people, there were no spare parts for the equipment, there was no ammunition, no system of training, the fighters and the pilots were not trained. Overall, the situation was catastrophic and de-facto, there were some 5-6,000 people actually ready to conduct the military activity. But we managed to promptly solve these issues, moreover - succeed,” Poltorak said.
He noted that now only contract soldiers fight in Donbas. In 2016-2017, 110,000 people became contract soldiers in Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
The army reserve comprises about 150,000 experienced soldiers.
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