Muzhenko: if the situation in Donbas escalates Ukrainian army will be strengthened with more than a hundred thousand reservists

If the situation in eastern Ukraine escalates, more than 100,000 reservists are ready to replenish Ukrainian Armed Forces. Over the period of six waves of mobilization, more than 200,000 people were called up for service that then resigned or signed contracts. A large number have already completed their service and now they form the basis of the stand-by reserve, said the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Viktor Muzhenko in an interview with Ukrinform.

He noted that a serious indicator of the state's defense stability is the availability of a stand-by reserve. According to Muzhenko, Ukraine has already worked out a mobilization system that proved its viability.

"We have a unique reserve preparation system in Ukraine, and we conduct annual training activities that include both the individual training of reservists in training centers and the holding of combat team work within their "own" battalions and brigades in which the reservists served and where they would be called up when necessary," the Chief of the General Staff said.

Earlier, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak stated that there was no reason to conduct another mobilization in Ukraine. According to him, one of the reasons is "carrying out serious work" with reservists, who are already assigned not only to military commissariats, but also to military units. Poltorak noted that the reservists, if necessary, are ready to replenish military units within a few days or to form new units and carry out tasks.

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