MOSCOW, September 7 (RIA Novosti)
The Ukrainian Armed Forces are to be downsized almost 50 percent by 2017, General Staff chief Igor Nikolaenko said on Friday.
Military personnel will be reduced from the current 193,000 to 100,000, Ukrainskiye Novosti news agency quoted him as saying.
There will be no more personnel cuts after 2017.
The country also plans to completely phase out the draft by that time.
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