Since January 1, the Government will completely finance a contract army in Ukraine. According to the government’s press-office, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko disclosed this today at a press conference after a meeting on the 2009 State Budget with Our Ukraine`s party Ministers.

Yulia Tymoshenko informed that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will probably support the decision to transfer to a contract army as early as at January 1. In this connection, the PM instructed defense and financial ministries to work over this issue and to take into account in the 2009 budget bill funds for financing all programs on transferring to a contract army.

The Premier also noted that today there are all conditions to believe that “the budget process will be successful and the country will have the budget providing further strategic reforms in Ukraine”.