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Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has signed an order to increase from May 1, 2019, the size of an allowance for participation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) by UAH 5,000 (US$189) to servicemen who are on the contact line and by UAH 1,000 (US$37) for those in other JFO zones.

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Thus, the minimum allowance of a member of the JFO serving under the contact on the contact line in Donbas will amount to UAH 27,300 (US$1,032), and UAH 16,800 (US$635) in other JFO zones. A platoon commander who is on the contact line will get from UAH 31,100 (US$1,175), and from UAH 20,600 (US$778) in other areas of the operation. A battalion commander who serves on the contact line will have from UAH 35,500 (US$1,342), and from UAH 25,000 (US$945) in other areas of the operation, as reported by the Office of Communications and Press of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

A brigade commander who performs tasks on the contact line will be paid UAH 42,000 (US$1,587), and UAH 31,500 (US$1,190) in other areas of the operation.

"The pay is increased on a regular basis within the funds allocated in the 2019 national budget for the maintenance of the Armed Forces and does not require additional budget financing," the ministry said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on May 6 instructed Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak to increase the military's pay.