President: In 2014, we will begin developing Ukrainian army on contractual basis
“Autumn military conscription was the last one. Starting from 2014, Ukrainian army moves on the contractual basis,” the President emphasized, according to the Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych.
In the course of the interview to media representatives in Lviv region, the Head of State reminded: “Today is the first day of the last military conscription”.
“I think this year will be the last one. 2014 is the beginning of the development of modern Ukrainian army on contractual basis,” Viktor Yanukovych said.
According to him, nowadays 60% of the Armed Forces are contract soldiers and their number will further increase.
At the same time, the President noted that certain time would be necessary to prepare such servicemen.
“Usual conscript soldier cannot be qualitatively prepared in such a short period of time. We must understand that our soldiers deal with modern armament and electronics,” the President stressed.
According to the Head of State, professional army on contractual basis is a today’s demand: “We have to and we will do that”.