Contents tagged with Poltorak

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports on monthly basis

    After a visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that he expects NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports nearly every month in 2019.

    “This year, NATO’s naval presence in the Black Sea will be significantly stepped up. Nearly every month, ships both from NATO’s permanent naval groups and those of key allies will visit Ukrainian ports, also for the purpose of conducting joint exercises with Ukraine’s Navy,” Poltorak explained.

    He noted that ships …

  • President Poroshenko: In the next five years Ukraine will receive a decision on NATO membership

    In an interview with television channel Ukraina, President Petro Poroshenko stated that he is confident that in the next five years Ukraine will receive a decision regarding NATO membership. 

    “We must meet the criteria for membership in the European Union… and meet the criteria regarding NATO membership. I am sure that by that time (in 5 years) we will already have an action plan regarding NATO membership, we will have a decision regarding Ukraine receiving membership,” said Poroshenko, …

  • Ukraine and Israel agree on strengthening defense cooperation

    The Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak announced on Facebook that during an official visit to Israel a memorandum of cooperation between Ukraine and Israel was signed. This memorandum includes the development and modernization of weapons from Elbit Systems Ltd. 

    “Cooperating with the Israeli company and partner will allow us to improve the capabilities of our Armed Forces,” said Poltorak. 

    According to the minister, the Ukrainian side got acquainted with advanced defense …

  • Ukrainian Army plans to buy up to 20 types of new weapons

    Ukraine Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak stated that Kyiv will purchase up to 20 types of new weapons for the country's army. He emphasized that domestically produced weapons would be purchased, as well as Western weapons.

    “I would say that most of the weapons will be of domestic production,” the press service of the Ukraine Defense Ministry cites him as saying.

    The Ukrainian Minister of Defense said that plans to acquire arms are part of state defense contracts for 2019-2021 adopted by the …

  • Ukraine plans to build new naval base in the Sea of Azov

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak ordered to prepare the required documentation for the construction of a new naval base in the Sea of Azov. "I have instructed the Naval Commander to send estimates for the construction of a naval base in the Sea of Azov. We definitely should strengthen our presence there. We should respond to the threats in the Sea of Azov,” the Defense Minister said on the Ukrainian TV.

    At the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Ukraine proposed to …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Ukraine to sign weapons delivery contracts with Western partners

    Ukrainian Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated in an interview with Priamyi TV that the Ukrainian government signed contracts with international partners for the supply of weapons, equipment and machinery.

    “Martial law gives us the opportunity to develop ways of cooperation with our partners. We have consent that the contracts for the delivery of weapons and equipment will be signed in the near future,” said Poltorak.

    He also said that several NATO ministers of defense will visit …

  • Ukraine tests new cruise missile

    The Ukrainian-made Neptun cruise missile has been successfully tested in the Odessa province, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak announced on Wednesday, December 5.

    Ukrainian cruise missiles launched from the new Neptun coastal anti-ship systems were successfully tested for range and accuracy against above-water targets, and important results were obtained during the exercise.

    “The task that was set today for the cruise missiles was to test the range and accuracy of destroying above- …

  • U.S. Embassy appoints new adviser to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense

    Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, met with the U.S., Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The head of the Ministry of Defense explained the Ukrainian government’s position regarding the imposition of the martial law, reports the press service of the Ministry.

    “The imposition of the martial law is a necessary preventive measure in case Russia conducts a full-scale land military operation against Ukraine,” said the minister, adding that army should check its readiness to respond …

  • Great Britain promises to strengthen its assistance to the Ukrainian army

    The press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom announced their intention to strengthen cooperation. One of the priorities is to increase the United Kingdom’s presence in the framework of operation Orbital.

    Since the beginning of this program in 2015, British instructors have trained 9.5 thousand members of the Armed forces of Ukraine (as of September 2018). At first, they first taught …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: 20 Ukrainian generals punished after explosions in military warehouses

    Following explosions in military warehouses, 75 personnel have been prosecuted, including more than 20 generals, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak told 5 Channel in an interview.

    According to the Defense Minister, most of the military arsenals in the country had to be closed by 2014 due to financial problems. More funding will be required in order to reopen them.

    He added that there is inadequate financing to secure the arsenals, and no one is willing to take on responsibility for …