Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive the new and modernized tanks, military vehicles and equipment by the end of the year.
“According to my instructions, 72 modernized T-72 tanks should be sent to the Armed Forces this year. We’re buying the newest vehicles manufactured in Lviv, we saw the potential of a new fire engine based on the T-72,” he said during his visit to Lviv armored plant on Friday, July 14.
Also Ukrainian military will receive the new batch of Dozor-B (4×4) armoured personnel carriers and new Oplot main battle tanks.
“Lviv armor vehicle factory will be paid UAH 920 million, and this is not only for the tanks and the fire engines. The 20 Dozor-B cars that are now behind my back will also be ready to go to the army,” Poroshenko said.
According to the Interfax-Ukraine, the Defense Ministry will be given USD 23 million (UAH 600 million) for the development of modern weapons and military equipment, namely missile weapons (USD 11,5 million or UAH 300 million), and USD 11,5 million (UAH 300) million for the purchase of Oplot main battle tanks.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stressed that the Ukrainian army should be equipped with the best technology, both combat and auxiliary, “as it is forbidden to use tank brigades without evacuation vehicles.”