Ukraine needs well-trained and equipped armed forces to preserve the independence and continue developing the country.  Now Ukraine lays the foundation for army of the future, defense minister Pavlo Lebedev told a solemn meeting dedicated to the Independence Day in the Central House of Officers in Kyiv, ForUm correspondent reports.

"Today, we lay the foundation of army of the future, updating the armed forces," the minister said.
According to him, all the reforms are aimed at creating in Ukraine a modern defense army.

Transition to the standards of the increased intensity of training is dome for that.

In addition, according to the minister, great efforts are being made to solve social problems of the military personnel. He noted that monetary support to military officers is increased every quarter. It is expected that on July 1, 2014 it will be doubled compared to the present.

Lebedev stressed that the efforts are aimed at providing military personnel with housing. All available resources, private investment, government programs, the proceeds from the sale of surplus property are involved.

"August 24 is the holiday of freedom and peace and prosperity. This holiday is the symbol of national unity and responsibility for the future of the country. I wish you happiness, health, and new successes in the noble cause - serving the people of Ukraine," Lebedev said.


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