Rada votes to increase size of Ukraine’s army to 250,000 men
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Thursday voted for a presidential bill to increase the size of the Ukrainian armed forces to 250,000, according to an UNIAN correspondent in the Rada.
The corresponding bill, No. 2269, was supported by 270 out of 314 MPs registered in the session hall. The votes of 226 MPs are required to pass a bill in the Rada.
According to the explanatory memorandum to the bill, in 2012 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the size of the Ukrainian armed forces at 184,000 men.
This law provides for an increase of the size of the Ukrainian armed forces to 250,000 people, including 204,000 combat personnel.
During the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Deputy Defense Minister Petro Mekhed has said that this law was necessary to protect Ukraine today, but that the size of the army could be reduced in future.
"After the Anti-Terrorist Operation and demobilization, the size of the Ukrainian armed forces will be reduced in line with the military-political situation," he said.
In addition, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense Serhiy Pashynskiy said that the size of ground troop force and the number of combat units would be increased first of all.