“We are capable of holding back the Russian aggressor, which has the biggest army on the continent that is 5 times bigger than ours and the military budget of which has been 16 times bigger than ours in certain years,” President Petro Poroshenko said in the NSDC meeting. He noted that despite the aggression against our country, our military budget in 2017 had been increased several times in comparison with 2013.
“If you compare the expenditures of the Stated Budget for the defense in 2017 and 2013 in hryvnias – they have been increased substantially. If you take the dollar equivalent - they will be almost the same. However, look how much we did for the money of these three years. It is an evidence of the effectiveness of using every budget kopeck,” the President said. He emphasized the importance and efficiency of the anti-corruption efforts and the implementation of transparent and efficient mechanisms of funding in the security and defense sector, which allowed rational use of the existing financial resource and strict control over the expenditures with clear definition of the long-term needs of the army and other security structures.
The President noted that the national security strategy provided for the annual budget funding of the security and defense sector in the amount of not less than five percent of the gross domestic product. According to the proposals of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, it is planned to allocate 163 billion hryvnias for the national security and defense in 2018. This is 20 billion hryvnias more than in 2017.
The NSDC has also considered a series of problematic issues that will need a solution in the current and next year as regards proper funding and establishment of production of ammunition, high-precision, armored and aviation weaponry, as well as import substitution of spare parts and components supplied from the Russian Federation.
Separate consideration was given to the strengthening of the air defense system and aviation of the Air Force and the costs of intensive combat training of units of the Armed Forces and other military formations.
The President especially emphasized the importance of strengthening the motivation of those who are on the first and second lines of the touch line – it goes about the increase in cash payments depending on the degree of risk and complexity of the tasks.
The Head of State noted that for today on the first line, Ukrainian servicemen get an additional payment of 10 thousand UAH. "We have nobody on the first line who receives less than 17 thousand UAH," he said.
“I am confident that today, when we begin the program of armed-technical modernization of the army, when we have to bring it to the level of the 21st century, we must ensure the targeted funding of the State Target Program for the Reform and Development of the Defense Industrial Complex and find resources,” the Head of State emphasized.
According to the President, one of the priorities is the strengthening of the counter-intelligence regime and the implementation of the National Intelligence Program.
In the course of the meeting, the President introduced newly appointed Chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Yehor Bozhok to the NSDC members.