: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Last 23 years there was no reason to think that Ukraine would need a strong army


In the 23 years since Ukraine declared independence, the country’s defense budget dwindled. With each successive administration, the military was stripped further of funds and material. Armor and artillery was sold off or fell into disrepair, the Mashable website writes.
“There was no reason to think that we would need to have a strong army,” Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-director of Foreign Relations and International Security Programs at the Razumkov centre told. …read more

Source: Razumkov Centre

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