The number of Ukrainian troops in Donbas grew from 3,000-5,000 to about 50,000 men over the year / Photo from UNIAN

"We have created a new, highly patriotic, well-equipped and highly efficient, modern, transparent, fair Armed Forces of Ukraine with an extremely strong fighting spirit, which did not exist a year ago. Last year there were between 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers ready for combat missions. Simultaneously, there were from 17,000 to 23,000 soldiers in Donbas, who, of course, could not repel all attacks in the most dangerous directions. Now I can disclose a very important figure: nowadays there are about 50,000 servicemen in the ATO zone alone. This is a powerful force now, which is able to stand on the defensive," Poroshenko said.