Effective reform of the Ukrainian army remains one of the most important priorities of the government, President of Ukraine, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

"The Ukrainian army expects radical changes. As President and Supreme Commander, I am confident that with the approval of revised strategic documents, the process of building a new army will have a well-defined perspective," said Viktor Yanukovych.

He drew attention to the importance of providing the military with new and upgraded equipment, which requires modern approaches to resource and logistical support of the army. "The 2012 defense budget aims to solve these and other pressing problems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On average, it increases the spending on weapons and military equipment development three times, and almost doubles the spending on troops training," he said. The President added that it would help the army to begin reforms and development.

"I want to assure every soldier, officer, and general, each serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the defense industry, that the state will do everything for the army of Ukraine to become modern and adequate in carrying out its honorable mission," he said.

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