Contents tagged with Armed Forces

  • Command of Ukrainian Armed Forces: Ukraine ready to respond to invasion of Russian troops during Zapad-2017 exercises

    After the introduction of Lieutenant-General Anatoly Sirotenko as the new head of the Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University of Ukraine, Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated that the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has made preparations in case of a threat of invasion by Russian troops during the Russian-Belarusian West-2017 exercises, which will be held on September 14-20.

    “We are monitoring the situation. We know about all the movements of Russian troops  …

  • President of Ukraine promises to increase salaries of Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Donbas

    In his speech during celebrations on the occasion of the Day of the Air Force of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to increase salaries of Ukrainian military personnel located in the conflict zone in the east of the country, reports UNIAN.

    Poroshenko said that the decision to increase payments is a testament to the "priority of financing the Armed Forces and ensuring the protection of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state." "I have requested …

  • Putin signs law on combined forces in Armenia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law ratifying an agreement between Russia and the Republic of Armenia regarding a combined forces group. The relevant document was published on Wednesday on the official legal information portal.

    The signed law ratifies an agreement between Russia and Armenia signed in Moscow on 30 November 2016 regarding the combined forces. This agreement determines the designation, the order of formation, deployment and use of the combined forces.

    The …

  • Ukrainian forces advance deeper into the Donbas as the situation in Eastern Ukraine escalates

    On June 7-8 there was fierce fighting for the Zholobok settlement in the Luhansk region. Both the Ukrainian side and the separatists reported dozens of killed and injured.

    As early as June 2, one of the battalions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) of the 93rd Mechanized Brigade suddenly moved forward into the gray zone from the Krymskoye settlement in the south towards the separatists’ position along the Bakhmut route. The Ukrainian military managed to advance half a kilometer directly …

  • A mistake in 20 thousand people. Why General Nazarov publicly disproves Poroshenko

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    On September 6, 2016, while making an annual speech to Parliament, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko discussed the number of pro-Russian fighters in the separatist-held Donbas. "The pro-Russian separatist forces in the Donbas amount to almost 38,500 people, more than 600 tanks, 1,250 combat armored vehicles, 750 artillery systems, and about 300 multiple launch rocket systems," Poroshenko said.

    On February 22, 2017, …

  • Why General Nazarov's case is an issue of principle for those in power in Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    On March 27th, the Pavlohrad District Court found Major General Viktor Nazarov guilty of professional negligence in the crash of a military transport aircraft near Luhansk in July 2014 that resulted in the deaths of 49 Ukrainian soldiers.

    General-Major Nazarov was sentenced to seven years in prison in accordance with part 3 of Article 425 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – Professional Negligence by a Military Officer which …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense urged reserve officers to return to active service

    The Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak, urged reserve officers to return to service in the Armed Forces in a post on his Facebook page.

    Poltorak stressed that, thanks to volunteers, the Ukranian army has doubled in size. However, the threat to the independence of the country still exists.

    "I appeal to the reserve officers, those who have received a pension from the state, housing and benefits, those who are in a well-deserved retirement. You went through military service, gained the …

  • Muzhenko explained when Ukrainian forces can open retaliatory fire

    The Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Viktor Muzhenko associates the escalation at the demarcation line with the defeat of separatists near Avdiivka. Muzhenko reminded that Ukrainian servicemen have the right to open fire, as stated in his commentary to Ukrayinska Pravda in response to questions about the recent escalation in the ATO zone since the 29th of January.

    “I think that this is all a response to the defeat that separatists experienced near Avdiivka. They …

  • Ukraine's Minister of Defense: There are 37,000 Ukrainian soldiers at the front line in the Donbas

    Presently, there are thirty-seven thousand Ukrainian soldiers at the front line in the Donbas, according to Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, the website of the Ministry reports.

    Poltorak claims that the rest of the staff are on combat duty, in training centers, at the training sites and in the classrooms where the soldiers are learning from experience gained and making conclusions."

    "We are able to defend Ukraine and fulfill all the tasks facing the Armed Forces. The evidence of this is the 7 …

  • Muzhenko: Ukrainian military is allowed to respond fully to the enemy's provocations

    The situation in the Donbas has deteriorated and the Ukrainian military have been given permission to respond fully to the enemy's provocations, as stated by the Chief of the General Staff, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "Since the day before yesterday, we have been seeing an increase in the number of mortar attacks, attacks from guns, and the use of tanks. In particular, the latter were used by the enemy yesterday against the …