UNIAN

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2012 approved the size of the Ukrainian armed forces at 184,000 men. But the new parliament elected on October 26 last year on March 5 voted for a presidential bill to increase the size of the Ukrainian armed forces to 250,000.

The corresponding bill, No. 2269, was supported by 270 out of 314 MPs registered in the session hall.

According to Deputy Defense Minister Petro Mekhed, after the Anti-Terrorist Operation and the subsequent demobilization, the size of the Ukrainian armed forces will be reduced in line with the military-political situation.

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.