Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko approved a regulation on the Forces of Special Operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine specified in the Presidential Decree Number 52/2018 on March 3, Ukrainski Novyny news outlet reports.
"According to part five of Section 10 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Armed Forces of Ukraine" I order the approval of the Regulation on the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the decree reads. The regulation itself, however, remains classified.
The creation of the Special Operations Forces began in 2014. In January 2016, Major-General Igor Lunyov became commander of the Special Operations Forces of the Ministry of Defense. He previously held the post of the First Deputy Commander of mobile landing forces. In June 2016, the Verkhovna Rada registered the Special Operations Forces legislatively as a separate type of troops.
The objectives of the Special Operations Forces are: to conduct military-political, economic and other measures implemented by the leadership of the state aimed at preventing and containing military conflicts; to facilitate the fulfillment of tasks of the military units during operations; as well as other special security tasks in the area of state defense.