Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Roman Mashovets held a video conference with the Defense Reform Advisory Board (DRAB), during which a number of issues related to the reform of the Ministry of Defense and improving the Armed Forces' defense capabilities were discussed.
The Group involves strategic experts from the United States, the Republic of Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Roman Mashovets informed his foreign colleagues about the security situation in the east and around our country and about the forecasts for its development.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President stressed that the Russian Federation has concentrated an armed group along the Ukrainian border, which is ready to use force against our state. According to Roman Mashovets, Russia has conducted a series of exercises against Ukraine. In addition, Russia is using the territory of Belarus for possible expansion of aggression.
The participants of the video conference discussed in detail the practical aspects of defense reform related to strengthening civilian democratic control over the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For their part, members of the Foreign Advisory Group welcomed the progress of our country in building a democratically controlled Ukrainian army and assured the leadership of the President's Office of comprehensive support for Ukraine from their countries during the hybrid aggression of the Russian Federation.
The parties agreed to continue an active dialogue on the issues raised and related to defense reform in Ukraine.