Russia does not refuse from the idea to seize the Ukraine, it is necessary to strengthen the army – Poltorak

The current situation on Donbass testifies that Russia does not refuse from plans to attack Ukraine. This was stated by the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.

“The situation at the front indicates that the aggressor – the Russian Federation – do not abandon the idea to take over our country”, – said the Poltorak during the ceremony of graduation at the National defence University of Ukraine named.Chernyakhovsky on Friday, June 16 in Kiev.

Poltorak noted that under these conditions, Ukraine should continue reforms of the defence sector and to strengthen the army.

“Just how professionally each of us, obtaining knowledge, will act in their posts, depends how fast we can reform the APU. We created a new governance bodies, joint operations headquarters, SSO, improved high-mobility troops, improve training, change the system of logistics”, – said the head of the defense Ministry.

According to him, only in 2016, the armed forces received 2.5 thousand units of new and upgraded equipment, 15 thousand units of equipment have been repaired.

“We have a lot of work, but it is important that we have made in enhancing the professionalization of the army… knowledge, especially those that take into account NATO standards, allow us to reduce our combat losses and increase enemy losses. Knowledge and experience is what it takes to win. And modern technology does and will do,” – said the Minister.

Also the Minister of defence revealed the current number of contract army in Ukraine.