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The reform of Ukraine's Armed Forces in a chart
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.