Ukraine to Increase Army by 100,000

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President Zelensky signs decree to increase size of armed forces, raise soldiers’ salaries / Photo credit: Defense Express
President Zelensky signs decree to increase size of armed forces, raise soldiers’ salaries / Photo credit: Defense Express

President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed off a decree on Ukraine's transition toward a professional Army, increasing the number of servicemen by 100,000 over the next three years

The document was signed as the head of state addressed the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Parliament, at the opening of the seventh session, Ukrinform reports.

Ukraine to Increase Army by 100,000, President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed off a decree on Ukraine's transition toward a professional Army, Defense Express
President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed off a decree on Ukraine's transition toward a professional Army / Photo credit: president.gov.ua

"The Decree of the President of Ukraine on strengthening the nation’s defense capabilities and the attractiveness of military service has been developed. The decree provides for an increase in the financial security for all military personnel to the level of no less than three minimum wages. It’s about Ukraine's transition to the basics of a professional Army. A system of officers’ career development has been established, while the number of military servicemen with the Armed Forces will be raised by 100,000,” the president said in his address.

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In addition, it is a question of creating another 20 brigades. "The decree is the start of Ukraine's transition to a professional Army. The decree comes out not because there will be a war soon, but to make sure that peace comes soon and prevails in Ukraine," the head of state stressed.

Ukraine to Increase Army by 100,000, President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed off a decree on Ukraine's transition toward a professional Army, Defense Express
Number of Ukrainian military servicemen to increase by 100,000

In July, 2021 the Parliament approved a bill to raise the number of army’s soldiers and civilian personnel by 4.4% to 261,000.

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