President Petro Poroshenko instructed Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to complete talks with the North Atlantic Alliance on the implementation of a special trust fund that will ensure safe use and effective protection of ammunition storage facilities.
The Head of State noted that, unfortunately, there is no modern ammunition depot in Ukraine that fully meets NATO standards.
The President expressed hope that in the nearest future the relevant programs will be implemented. "I instruct the Minister of Defense and the Foreign Minister to urgently conclude negotiations with NATO on the creation and implementation of a special trust fund that provides safe use and effective modern protection of ammunition storage facilities," Petro Poroshenko said.
The President noted that we managed to do some work this year, in particular, to protect the crucial objects of combat units.
"We should provide full financing of the program for the protection of ammunition depots. Yes, this is not enough, but we can fully accomplish every financing this year - perimeter security, construction of storage facilities and ammunition transportation," the Head of State addressed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov.
The President informed he was going to visit one of the construction sites and personally check how the work is being carried out. According to him, this trip was planned earlier and is not caused by the emergency situation in the ammunition depot near Ichnia, Chernihiv region. "Please tell me about the situations where at least one kopeck of funding is delayed, where at least one contractor misses deadlines, where at least somebody has any quality claims. The current pace is unsatisfactory," the President said.
The Head of State stressed: "We calculated that with such pace of funding, the re-equipment of arsenals will last more than 12 years. We will not have an arsenal given the sabotage activity of the aggressor country".
The President instructed the Security Service of Ukraine to make proposals for the enhancement of counter-sabotage protection. He also instructed the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council to determine priorities for additional funding when preparing the draft budget for the second reading, primarily of electronic equipment, which provides security and protection against sabotage and reconnaissance groups.