Ukraine's Army Reform: No conscripts in Ukraine's war zone, Poroshenko says
Politics17:30 Nov. 2, 2016
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No conscripts in Ukraine's war zone, Poroshenko says

Ukraine makes efforts to form a fully professional army compliant with NATO standards

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has announced that no conscript soldiers are currently fighting Russian-backed separatist forces on the front lines of the country's eastern regions.

And the Armed Forces of Ukraine must consist of volunteers and contract soldiers who are well-trained, motivated and equipped," Petro Poroshenko said.

"As the President and Commander-in-Chief, I can report to the people of Ukraine that there are no mobilized [conscripted] soldiers on the frontline in the ATO area starting from today," Poroshenko said after meeting Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko.

"And the Armed Forces of Ukraine must be fully comprised of volunteers and contract soldiers who are well-trained, motivated and equipped," he added.

More than 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen have died over the past two years defending the country from Russian aggression.

Read also Ukraine's military casualties rise as Russian proxies double number of attacks

Chief of Staff General Viktor Muzhenko said that 90,000 professional soldiers have enlisted in Ukraine's armed forces since the start of war.

Ukraine has conducted 6 waves of mobilization. Poroshenko's comments suggest the seventh wave is not planned.

Since the start of Russian-orchestrated conflict, Ukraine has embarked on the army reform trying to revamp its under-trained and under-equipped military force into fully professional army that can conform to NATO standards.

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