The or­der of change:

The re­form of Ukraine's Armed Forces in a chart

The Ukrainian Week - - CONTENTS - Yuriy La­payev

Ev­ery­one un­der­stands that Ukraine’s sys­tem of na­tional se­cu­rity needs to be re­formed: in 2014, the mil­i­tary was morally and tech­ni­cally ex­hausted, the de­fense in­dus­try was in de­cline, and the min­istries and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies were more in­clined to cre­ate more red tape than to re­solve bu­reau­cratic is­sues. And so Pres­i­dent Poroshenko in­cluded the re­form of the se­cu­rity sec­tor in the Ukraine 2020 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy that was ap­proved in Jan­uary 2015. Later, this pro­gram was the ba­sis for a pro­posal from the De­fense Min­istry and a res­o­lu­tion by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC) that were re­flected in the Strate­gic De­fense Bulletin of Ukraine. These the Pres­i­dent ap­proved with a de­cree in June 2016. The pri­or­ity was to re­form Ukraine’s se­cu­rity sec­tor in line with con­tem­po­rary NATO stan­dards. This bulletin in­cludes five strate­gic ar­eas, which are fur­ther di­vided into 28 op­er­a­tional tasks. Should they all be suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented, Ukraine will achieve some­thing that is ex­tremely im­por­tant to­day: a mod­ern, ef­fec­tive army ca­pa­ble of de­fend­ing the coun­try. The Ukrainian Week looks at the cur­rent stage of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the key ob­jec­tives.


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