Contents tagged with Ukrainian Army

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces receive new batch of modernized T-72 tanks

    Kyiv armor plant has delivered six upgraded T-72 tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    The company's specialists modified the equipment to improve its technical parameters and combat characteristics, reported the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    The plant improved optical instruments, gun stabilization system, and the steering system. With this batch of tanks, the Kyiv plant completed the implementation of the contract with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. All tanks will be handed over to units of …

  • Ukrainian Security Service thwarts purchase of Russian-made parts for armored vehicles at inflated prices

    Officials of the state-owned company "Zhytomyr Armor Plant" (part of the Ukrainian defense concern Ukroboronprom) mishandled public funds during the purchase of spare parts of dubious quality, reported the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). In the spring of 2019, the company announced a tender for the purchase of components for more than 1.5 million hryvnias ($60,000 USD). The winner of the tender of the State Defense Order was a company from the Kyiv region. The terms of …

  • Turkey to give Kyiv $50 million for Ukrainian Army

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Kyiv on February 3. During the visit, he will sign an agreement for Turkey to provide $50 million in financial assistance for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha told Ukrinform in an interview.

    “During this visit, an agreement will be signed according to which Turkey will provide 200 million Turkish lira (around $50 million) in financial assistance for the purposes of the Ukrainian army, especially …

  • Ukrainian army to be trained in city warfare and coal mine capturing

    The Defense Ministry of Ukraine has announced the start of a program to train Ukrainian soldiers to fight under city conditions, said Lieut. Col. Vladislav Ponomarev, deputy head of combat training at the chief training directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), as cited by ArmyInform.

    According to Ponomarev, this training will commence next year at the base of a new training complex, the construction of which has begun in the Lviv region. An entire “miniature city” will be built at the …

  • 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 …