During his visit to an Air Force base in Vinnytsia region where he flew on a Mig-29 fighter jet to congratulate pilots with Air Force Day, Petro Poroshenko said that on the first line of defense the salary will be raised up to UAH 10,000, while on the second defense line - up to UAH 4,500.

"The decision has been made to increase the level of salaries and additional payments to servicemen on military duty in the ATO zone. I instructed to raise salaries on the first line [of defense] to UAH 10,000 per month and increase salaries on the second line [of defense] to UAH 4,500," Poroshenko said.

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As reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko flew second pilot on the MiG-29 fighter jet of the 40th tactical aviation brigade from the airfield in Vasylkiv near Kyiv to a military airfield in the village of Havryshivka, Vinnytsia region.

Upon arrival, the President congratulated military personnel at the base on the occasion of Air Force Day, and handed over high state awards to combat pilots.