Turchynov: Decision on next wave of mobilization to be made in March
No rush with mobilization providing the sufficient number of the contracted soldiers.
The Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov has informed that the decision on the next spring wave of mobilization will be made in March, which is published on the Council’s website.
"March is the check month for making the decision on mobilization. If we see that the number of the contracted soldiers is going to be sufficient for the necessary membership of our army, we will not hurry with the mobilization and will use it as a reserve in case of intensified aggression of Russia," the secretary of the Council explained.
According to Turchynov, the Ukrainian government has considerably increased the defence budget in 2016 to strengthen the efficiency of the army.
"An ordinary contracted soldier serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and National Guard is to receive at least 7,000 hryvnyas (about 262 USD). Soldiers serving in the antiterrorist operation (ATO) area, participating in combat operations are to receive extra benefits," Turchynov pointed out.
According to him, such steps have promoted the rapid increase in those willing to sign the contract.
Turchynov reminded as well that the conscription to the compulsory military service is another reserve, "Our extra available reserve is our conscripts, youth to undergo the compulsory military service. Nevertheless, there is a firm directive – conscripts do not serve in the ATO, which is strictly adhered by the General Staff and the Ministry of Defence."
At the same time he assured of the demobilization terms to take place timely.