Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko at the meeting of the regional development Council in Poltava region said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces has changed dramatically, and received a new modern equipment and weapons thanks to the support of the Ukrainian people. He emphasized the full rearmament of the army, including providing troops with a new secure communications in war acquires strategic importance.
“I am proud that we are in an unprecedentedly short period of time restored the Armed forces of Ukraine. Restored – it is wrong to say. And I know exactly how Supreme commander. Because we have created them from scratch, or even from scratch, and with a deep “a minus”. Restored the army and the whole security sector, which was infested with corruption, by the FSB,” – said Petro Poroshenko.
He recalled that at the beginning of the Russian aggression, when he arrived in Ukraine the first group of NATO advisers, they are the law was forbidden even the entrance to the Ministry of defence of Ukraine and General staff of the armed forces any officer of member countries of NATO.
“And now the Ukrainian army is among the strongest on the continent and our allies now borrow from the us experience, how can the Ukrainian army to beat the enemy, the experience of resistance to the aggressor in a hybrid war,” – said the President.
Petro Poroshenko noted: “As President and Commander in chief tell you – the strength of our army is growing every day. Weekly we purchase a new weapon. We help partners. The army earned the defensive enterprise. I personally am on the transfer of arms and equipment to the troops. This is not refurbished and upgraded appliances, and sometimes completely new and modern weapons. We increase cash security of our soldiers and officers”.
The President recalled that when he was elected, to mobilize quickly a sniper with the 3rd special forces regiment received 600 UAH per month.
“Today, the only Supplement on the front line is 12 thousand UAH. And from April 1 snipers, Marines, soldiers mountain assault brigades will receive 24 thousand UAH, if they are on the front,” he said.
At the same time, he noted that “money is not the first priority, because today is to be the military is again prestigious.”
“Thousands and thousands of boys and girls associated with an army of their own future,” – said Poroshenko.
The head of state addressed the audience: “As Commander in chief are proud of your countrymen. Every resident of Poltava should know about the heroism of the 107th artillery regiment”. According to him, the military was glorified in battles near Snizhne, Kramatorsk, Bahmut. Also in Poltava region is located 831 guards brigade of tactical aviation, one of the best parts of Air forces of VSU.
“In the difficult conditions of 2014, the pilots of the brigade carried out 150 sorties. And every departure is an example of heroism. In the field is deployed and a young 18th brigade of army aviation,” he said.
The President also noted that, in the area is 179 training center, which trains specialists for the signal corps.
“Compare the relationship in 2014, even with the 60-ies, when nothing is heard and the switch, and Russia was excluded for all front line communication, and modern technology. We completely retool. Come, see, listen, assess the extent of the changes,” he said.
Petro Poroshenko noted that many of us can tell you what we started with in 2014, and now we have new modern protected communication. In particular, to help Ukraine partners from USA, Israel, Turkey.
“To date, these communications, these nerves war is securely protected and effectively work”, – said the President.
The head of state stressed that the army has liberated two-thirds of Donbass, stopped the enemy and now firmly holds the Fort in the East. “And our friends, and our enemy can see evidence of forces of the Ukrainian army, its armament is a reliable guard against any adventurous action, because the enemy is too big. You are here in Poltava, see for yourself our soldiers trained, armed, fed, and most importantly – brought up on national traditions, patriotism,” he said.
The President noted that the military itself, including from Poltava, can you tell us about the new conditions of service, hostels for the contract and the new system of supply of new weapons. “All this is also evidence of how Mature our army over the past five years. But the main guarantee of the forces of the Ukrainian weapons – the popular support of our army of the Ukrainian people”, – he stressed.
The head of state thanked the Poltava region for the support of the army. “The strength of our new Ukrainian army, Putin certainly can not win. But I am very concerned about attempts to strike her a blow from the rear. To do this, the enemy uses a whole Arsenal of information warfare. Before the elections, the army and society are tightly shelled negative”, – he said at the same time.
According to him, while the army protects us on the front, it needs our protection in the rear.
“The protection of information shot in the back, which, unfortunately, these days, on the eve of elections, have increased significantly. Well, elections are elections. But I think particularly cynical and irresponsible, when now the army and the defense industry accused those who stole, destroyed, sold off many years, who looted all the arsenals, land, military camps, power factory, apartments, complexes, weapons, components,” – said the President.
“We have to put the wall in front of the attempts of dishonest businessmen and their partners in high offices to run hand in the military budget. It certainly means no posts, no communication will not save from punishment those who broke the law and undermined trust. And you can see it in the decisions that I made during the week”, – he stressed.