KIEV, September 28 (RIA Novosti)
Ukraine's Defense Ministry will need a $2.85 billion budget for 2013, Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Mozharovskiy said on Friday.
This is 1.35% of GDP, he added.
Most of the budget will go toward the organization and maintenance of the armed forces (71.8 percent), the development of arms and military equipment (21.3 percent) and military training programs (6.9 percent), he said.
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- shanksinhawhats the rationale?01:07, 30/09/2012Ukraine is living off the investments made by USSR in defence factories on its territory. What is the need for a state like Ukraine for a bloated defence industry, if not to sell its ware to countries of questionable characteristics. They have failed to come up with any competitive product in the armament market. How long can they survive by reverse by beating the T-80 knockoffs?
Military exercises are held in order to prevent a war rather than prepare for one. If a potential enemy knows and sees that the Russian Army is constantly improving its skills and adopting state-of-the-art combat equipment and combat support systems he will hardly risk aggression against these Armed Forces and the country they defend.