In 2018, the defense Ministry plans to increase procurement and modernization of armaments and military equipment by 21%. This was stated by Minister of defense Stepan Poltorak, the newspaper Day.

“Our minimum request for the following year amounted to 141,2 billion. From the state budget of the defense Ministry received UAH 86 billion, accounting for 2.58 per cent of GDP. And even this financial resource provides the opportunity to significantly increase by 21% – the amount of the purchase and modernization of arms and military equipment”, – he said.

According to him, in 2018 there are 300 million UAH for the purchase of modern tanks Stronghold.

The army General added that will increase the cost of infrastructure development and maintenance costs, staffing costs, increasing the survivability of bases and stockpiles, construction of housing and training of personnel.

“The main costs were allocated to ensure the implementation of the Armed forces missions. By the way, for the first time since independence allocated so much money – 3 billion a year for building housing for servicemen”, – the Minister added.

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Tanks Stronghold in 2018 provided UAH 300 million – Poltorak 22.12.2017

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