22 October 2016

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Poroshenko signs Law on AFU Special Operations Forces

During a meeting with special operations warriors, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed Law No. 4795 on Amendments to Several Laws of Ukraine on Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

"Today is an important and solemn day for the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces. This is the result of the joint and coordinated work of many people. Today, we sign the law completing the establishment of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Poroshenko noted, the president's press service reported.

The Head of State emphasized that "it is absolutely important in these conditions to protect Ukraine from the aggression unleashed by the Russian Federation against us," and described the new law as a "demand of time for the defense of Ukraine to become much more efficient."

Some 41,000 soldiers sign contracts to serve in AFU since start of yearFurther, Poroshenko said that the issues of state defense, security and defense reforms, and supplies of modern armaments and equipment, were the top priorities during his meetings and visits throughout the world. Poroshenko emphasized that "our partners from USA, Canada and EU pay special attention to the special operations forces, in the context of joint training."

The law is seen as meeting NATO standards and fully complies with the tasks of the Ukraine-NATO cooperation, as part of the SOF establishment. It also complies with the provisions of the Strategic Defense Bulletin.

According to the President, Ukraine has already established a special center and special training programs that allow quick and qualitative training of special operations forces.

"In 2014, special operations forces had nothing except their morale. Look at the work we've done over the past two years. Our special operations forces will definitely prove themselves," Poroshenko added.

The President congratulated representatives of the Special Operations Forces on the establishment of a new separate unit in the Armed Forces, and stated that such units enjoyed great trust and respect among Ukrainians.

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