Disinfo: Ukrainians do not want to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Spring recruitment to the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine this year will be just as unsuccessful as in all previous years. The prestige of service in the Ukrainian army in recent years has dropped significantly, there is an acute shortage of personnel in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Ukrainian army is becoming weaker every year.


Following the results of the army’s 2018 autumn recruitment drive in Ukraine, 98% of positions have been filled. Last year more than 30,000 men and women decided to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a contract basis. In 2018, the number of personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has already reached 255,000 people, of which almost half are soldiers, serving on contract.

Over the past five years, the number serving in the Ukrainian army has almost doubled. According to the draft law on the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for 2014, the author of which was the ex-president Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia, the former leadership of Ukraine intended to radically reduce the number of the Ukrainian army to 157,000.

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  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: European army


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