Poroshenko Signs Law Increasing Armed Forces Up to 250,000
21:44 25.03.2015(updated 22:03 25.03.2015)
President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law aimed at increasing the size of Ukraine's military forces up to 250 thousand people.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko signed legislation 'On the Size of the Armed Forces of Ukraine' Wednesday adopted by Verkhovna Rada earlier this month.
The new legislation stipulates that the size of the Ukrainian military should not exceed 250,000 people, including 204,000 active duty servicemen.
'In extraordinary period' the size of the Ukrainian armed forces can be increased for the number of people drafted into the army in accordance with mobilization regulations. Previously, the size of Ukraine's military personnel was limited to 184 thousand people.
The legislation states, however, that since the beginning of the 'extraordinary period' combined with a rising threat to the state's security, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are forming two centers of operational command, 11 brigades, four regiments, 18 battalions, 16 squadrons, 13 platoons, assigned for various military purposes.
The legislation was adopted by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine earlier this month. The law received the support of 270 Ukrainian parliamentarians.
Kiev launched a full-scale military campaign aimed against residents of southeastern Ukraine in April 2014.
The new legislation has come into force amid the gradual military de-escalation in eastern Ukraine which followed the signing of the ceasefire agreement in Minsk on February 12, 2015. The deal aimed at establishing peace in Ukraine, stipulated a ceasefire beginning February 15 as well as the withdrawal of heavy military equipment from the contact line in southeastern Ukraine.
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