Oleksandr Turchynov: In the immediate future, we will not abandon conscription and compulsory military service
In the immediate future, Ukraine will
not abandon conscription and compulsory military service. This was stated by Secretary
of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in
an exclusive interview with the
"Interfax-Ukraine" information agency.
"Even if the Armed Forces are up to strength with
contract soldiers, we still will prepare reservists. The more prepared is the
reserve, the higher is the country's defense capability. The creation of a
powerful well-trained reserve of the Armed Forces is the pre-requisite and
the condition of the country's survival. This decision is clearly enshrined in
the National Security Strategy approved by the NSDC", - he said.
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine emphasized that a
professional capable volunteer army based on professional contract soldiers was
created in Ukraine.
On the other hand, Mr. Turchynov
noted that we cannot abandon conscription. "Conscript servicemen do not fight
in the Anti-terrorist operation zone, this is a matter of principle for
us. But in the conditions of constant military threat, we need a powerful prepared
reserve. Especially the ready reserve", - he pointed out.
Answering the agency's
questions, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine expressed hope that mobilization
will not happen this year stating that: "If the situation aggravates, and we
need to significantly increase the Armed Forces, of course, we will not be able
to go without mobilization".