Contents tagged with Ukrainian Army

  • Ukraine’s largest tank factory produced only one tank for armed forces in ten years

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was shocked to learn that, in the last ten years, the state-owned Malyshev Factory has produced only one tank for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “I am shocked by the statistics. The factory director told us that since 2009, we have built one tank, one tank for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But the statistics say that in the Soviet period it was 900 tanks per year,” the Ukrainian leader said while in Kharkiv for a session on issues in the state-owned defense …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Kyiv has no plans to reduce its armed forces

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said on Saturday in an interview with Radio Liberty that Ukraine has no plans to reduce the composition of its armed forces, the actual number of which is about 250 thousand people.

    "We do not plan to reduce the number of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Our task is to manage the resources that we have the right way. First, we need to increase military capacity. And this issue can be solved only systematically. Because if we had a specific strategy, …

  • US Congress approves $250 million in military aid for Ukraine

    On Thursday, September 19, the US Congress House of Representatives approved the allocation of $250 million to military assistance for Ukraine, reports the TASS news agency.

    The military aid for Ukraine was stipulated in a bill on the temporary financing of federal government until November 21.

    The document states that the allocation of funds to Ukraine will be continued in the new financial year, which begins on October 1 in the US.

    The Senate is expected to consider the bill next week. …

  • Ukraine budgets $10 billion for defense in 2020

    The Ukrainian government has allocated more than 245 billion hryvnia (around $9.9 billion) to national security in the draft budget for 2020, said Ukrainian Finance Minister Oksana Markarova, as cited by UNN.

    “We are planning to allocate 245.8 billion [hryvnia] to various administrators who are involved in security and defense,” she said, clarifying that not all of it would be allocated to specific administrators.

    “There is a separate new article – these are the funds that are supposed to be …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces to create special ‘night’ divisions

    Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff Ruslan Khomchak has decided that special divisions will henceforth devote 70% of their training time to operating at night, announced Ihor Podolyan, First Deputy Head of the Chief Training Directorate.

    “There have been problems in this area. And with a decision today, the Chief of General Staff has determined a clear list of divisions from each brigade that have the appropriate equipment for training at night,” said Podolyan.

    “70% of the total time will be …

  • US military arrive in Ukraine on a training mission

    The press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that more than 130 of the United States military arrived in Ukraine as part of the mission to train Ukrainian soldiers.

    The U.S. Army Airborne Assault Division took part in the ceremony of taking over the duties in the  JMTG-U (Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine) mission at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in the Lviv region.

    The U.S. Army soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Tactical …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces took control of strategic height near Horlivka

    Units of the Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have completed the fortification of new defensive positions between the settlements Zaitseve and Hladosove near the city of Horlivka, reported the Verkhovna Rada deputy Dmytro Tymchuk.

    "In order to increase defense capabilities, the units of the mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Joint Forces took under their control advantageous for future defensive actions natural frontier and, while being in close proximity to the enemy, …

  • Kyiv: Ukrainian army has taken control of nearly all gray zone in the Donbas

    Yuriy Biryukov, advisor to the President of Ukraine said on the talk show “Situation” on Pryamyi TV that the Ukrainian Army has taken control of almost all of the gray zone, the territory which separates them from the pro-Russian militants, in the Donbas.   “Considering what we had in May 2014, two thirds of the territory [of the Donbas] was liberated. Almost all the gray zone was liberated and brought under Ukraine’s control,” Biryukov stated.   Occasionally, Ukrainian military in the Donbas …

  • Great Britain promises to strengthen its assistance to the Ukrainian army

    The press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom announced their intention to strengthen cooperation. One of the priorities is to increase the United Kingdom’s presence in the framework of operation Orbital.

    Since the beginning of this program in 2015, British instructors have trained 9.5 thousand members of the Armed forces of Ukraine (as of September 2018). At first, they first taught …

  • Ukraine begins industrial production of large caliber ammunition

    On Thursday, August 9, the industrial production of large caliber artillery shells was launched at the Artem plant in Kyiv.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak and First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv all took part in the opening ceremony of the new production line.

    "Before the war, in 2012 to 2013, munitions disposal was an issue and, unfortunately, the war disposed of …