Ukraine's General Staff: Troops can quickly be deployed in case of Russian invasion

03:20, 27 December 2018
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Over 30,000 reservists have refreshed their skills in training camps / Photo from UNIAN

"At a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine today I've informed the President of Ukraine and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine about preliminary conclusions regarding the legal status of martial law: firstly, the General Staff is capable of deploying joint force groupings in case of a direct Russian invasion," Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko wrote on Facebook on December 26.

Ukraine's army is also ready to significantly increase the number of combat units in a short time at the expense of the professional and motivated battle reserve, he said.

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More than 30,000 reservists refreshed their skills in training camps during martial law, he added.

Territorial defense brigades underwent comprehensive drills and practical interaction was established with state authorities and other components of the country's defense forces.

Thus, he said, in the face of the threat of open aggression, the General Staff conducted large-scale organization and training activities to defend the country.

"A detailed analysis of the performance of all components of the state's defense sector under martial law will allow us to handle the identified challenges and will enhance the combat capabilities of our Armed Forces," he said.

Martial law in Ukraine was in effect in 10 regions from November 26 to December 26, 2018.

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