The Cabinet of Ministers approved the army reform state program for 2013-2017, defense minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lebedev informed.

According to him, the Cabinet took the relevant decision on Wednesday, May 29.

Lebedev also noted that the Cabinet approved the state program, providing for funding for five years at a rate of 131 billion hryvnia, as it had been offered by the Defense Ministry.

Lebedev added that the program will be financed by the state budget, as well as through selling of unexpended balances of the Ministry.

As reported earlier, the Cabinet instructed the Defense Ministry and the Finance Ministry to agree on the funding of the army reform state program for 2013-2017 until May 29.

According to estimates of the Defense Ministry, 131 billion hryvnia are needed to finance the 5-year program, while the Finance Ministry believes 97 billion hryvnia are enough for the program.

The state program provides for the optimization of the army to ensure its combat capability, which will be achieved primarily by reducing the number of personnel, without affecting the fighting capacity.

In addition, the state program provides for the transition to professional army.


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