Parliament plans to increase size of Armed Forces

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed bill No. 5558 “On Amendments to Article 1 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Size of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” to increase the size of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in connection with the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On Fundamentals of National Resistance” at first reading.

As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, the decision was supported by 320 MPs.

According to the explanatory note, the goals and objectives of the draft law are to increase the size of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to create and ensure the functioning of a separate type of forces – the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – as well as to develop the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces in the interests of the formation of the resistance movement.

At the legislative level, the bill proposes to increase the size of the Armed Forces by 11,000 service members to ensure the functioning of the Territorial Defense Forces and to develop the resistance movement system.

It is expected that the adoption of the legislative act will allow to improve establishing and functioning of territorial defense at the national, regional, and local levels; launching comprehensive and systematic preparation of Ukrainian citizens for national resistance.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada adopted bill No. 5557 “On Fundamentals of National Resistance” at first reading at an extraordinary sitting on Tuesday, June 29.

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