Contents tagged with Stepan Poltorak

  • Kyiv: Ukrainian Armed Forces to receive 20 new types of weapons in 2019

    In 2019, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry is planning to provide 20 new weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Those plans are specified in the state defense procurement program for this year, said Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. 

    "For me, personally, the state defense procurement program for this year is very optimistic because it provides delivery of at least 20 types of weapons to the Armed Forces which they did not have before. It is a good sign for us all that we are moving forward and …

  • Poltorak: Armed forces of 18 countries to participate in Ukraine's Independence Day Parade

    The representatives of several foreign countries will take part in the military parade on Ukraine Independence Day, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak wrote on Facebook.

    “We look forward to the arrival of eighteen foreign delegations from around the world to participate in the parade,” said the Defense Minister, commenting on a parade rehearsal held in the center of Kyiv.

    The parade will be held on August 24 and will be one of the largest Independence Day military parades ever held in Ukraine, …

  • Ukraine may increase its contingent in Afghanistan

    Ukrainian servicemen will continue to participate in the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and the Ukrainian contingent may be increased three-fold, Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak reported.

    "The Armed Forces of Ukraine have been performing tasks in the Republic of Afghanistan for eleven years; we will also continue to participate in the mission’s operation. We are willing to increase contribution and to provide additional personnel to the headquarters of the mission – …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense: 255,000 serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces

    "In 2014, the number of the military serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces was 150 thousand people, and in 2017, it is already 255 thousand," — stated the Defense Minister of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, as quoted by the ministry’s website.

    According to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, only contracted soldiers are stationed in the conflict zone in the Donbas. In 2016-2017, 110 thousand contracted military personnel were recruited.

    Moreover, a reserve force of 150 thousand people with military …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense refuses to dismiss Deputy Minister accused of multimillion dollar embezzlement

    The Ukrainian Defense Ministry refused to discharge Deputy Minister Ihor Pavlovsky, who is suspected of embezzlement of budgetary funds, as stated in the response of the Ministry to the prosecution’s request that was published by the press-service of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.

    The Office noted that Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak reiterated the need to combat corruption. However, the Ministry refused to suspend Pavlovsky for the length of the investigation.

    The …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: 65 NATO advisors work in Ukrainian Defense Ministry

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense appreciates NATO’s aid in reforming the country’s defensive capabilities, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on his Facebook page.

    “Our collaboration with the alliance in the last three years has acquired a broad scale in virtually all areas. Military and political dialogue has grown significantly, and the Ukraine-NATO commission operates regularly. We experience very good help in matters related to the reformation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” …

  • Ukrainian politician: visit of the US Secretary of Defense to Ukraine could affect the situation in the Donbas and the Crimea

    President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak’s meeting with the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, could positively impact the future of sanctions against the Russian Federation, as well as the situation in the conflict zone in the Donbas and the Crimea, stated Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons George Tuka in a commentary to 112 Ukraine.

    According to Tuka, Mattis's visit to Ukraine is of a political nature, but according to …

  • Ukraine invites Commander of the US Army in Europe to participate in Ukraine’s Independence Day parade

    During his visit to Poland, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Army General Stepan Poltorak spoke with Lieutenant-General Frederick Ben Hodges, Commander of the US Army in Europe.

    According to the report made by the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Tuesday, August 15, Poltorak invited Hodges to take part in the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine, as well as the military parade that will be held on August 24 on Khreshchatyk street in Kyiv. …

  • Poltorak urges Trump to continue supporting Ukraine

    The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, urged the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to continue providing political and military assistance to Ukraine and to maintain sanctions against Russia to deter further escalation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine. Poltorak stated this in his interview with Radio Svoboda on the day after Trump’s inauguration.

    “It is extremely important for Ukraine to have the political support of the United States and maintain sanctions imposed …