Ukrainian Prez proposes to increase his armed forces
Kiev, May 27 (SocialNews.XYZ) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has launched an urgent bill in parliament to increase the number of soldiers in the armed forces by 11,000, authorities said.
The bill aimed to “ensure the functioning of a separate branch of the Ukrainian armed forces – the Territorial Defense Forces, as well as the further development of the resistance system,” Xinhua news agency said citing a statement by Parliament. citing an explanatory note to the bill, like sayin.
Zelensky proposed to increase the number of members of the armed forces to 261,000 people, including 215,000 soldiers.
Currently, the country’s armed forces do not exceed 250,000, including 204,000 soldiers.
The explanatory note also highlighted this decision in the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the eastern Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk and Luhansk.
Parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions along the Russian border have been controlled by Moscow-backed rebels for almost seven years.
According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people have been killed in the fighting since 2014, while as many as 40,000 others have been injured.
Despite the imposition of the last ceasefire in 2015, around 50 people have been killed since the start of this year alone.
Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of inciting conflict.
Russia, however, denied the charges, saying the charges were baseless.