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Kiev reorganizes 22 military brigades in Donbas, plans to create 12 more

Ukraine is through with a package of measures to reform the country's defense capability system, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson, Viktoria Kushnir, has told a news briefing.

"Legislatively the strength of Ukraine's army has been set at 250,000. In the east of Ukraine the required defense groups have been deployed. The 22 existing brigades have been reorganized and twelve new brigades are about to be formed. Under state defense contracts the army has received more than 1,300 pieces of military equipment," Kushnir said. The Defense Ministry has created a center for development and material support for the Ukrainian armed forces.

Agreements have been authorized for shifting the army to NATO standards.

"Working group experts in cooperation with the central department for metrology and standards of the Ukrainian armed forces have coordinated and authorized for use by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry the first five agreements on NATO standards STANAG," Kushnir said.

Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on July 23 said that he hoped to see the day when "the Ukrainian armed forces will be a sample for NATO's member-states to follow." At the same time he remarked that "far from everybody in the world was prepared to accept that decision."

[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 25Aug15]

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