President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine has congratulated servicemen on the 19th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In his message the President, in particular, noted that "over the years of independence, the Ukrainian army has established itself as a pillar of our statehood, and guarantor of national security." "I give tribute to the professionalism and dedication of people in uniform," Viktor Yanukovych said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, the modern challenges and threats in the global security system require a new state policy in restructuring of the Armed Forces. Ukraine is ready to create a mobile, professional army equipped with modern weapons and tools.

An important step towards restructuring the army of a new kind, according to the President, is to achieve a European level of social standards for military personnel, their families and military retirees. "Modern technology can be entrusted only to highly educated, high-quality trained professionals. It is therefore important to improve the quality of military education and the professional level of officers. The effectiveness of command and control, radical changes in the resource and logistical support - this is our task for the near future," Viktor Yanukovych said.

The Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was established by a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 1993. It is celebrated annually on December 6, the day of adoption in 1991 of the Law on the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine incorporate the Land Force, Air Force and Navy. Ukrainian military personnel have taken and are taking part in international military operations, including under the UN auspices.

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