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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine02.10.2015, 15:45

Oleksandr Turchynov: Ukrainian special purpose troops are ready to perform complex combat missions

Despite the general trend of actual ceasefire in the area of ATO, the threat of resumption of hostilities in the East of our country by the Russian Federation remains very urgent. This was stated by NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov at a briefing during the conduction of exercises of the special purpose brigade of National Guard of Ukraine.

"Ukraine consistently fulfills undertaken obligations, but we do not note the withdrawal of Russian troops from the occupied territory or the reduction of the concentration of Russian troops, stationed along our eastern border", - he said, stressing that this is exactly why the improvement of combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine still remains one of our top priorities.

Oleksandr Turchynov stressed that the main feature of special purpose brigade of the National Guard is its high mobility.

"With the help of military transport planes and helicopters special purpose troops within couple of hours should get to any location in the country", - he stated.

In addition, the NSDC Secretary emphasized that the brigade is equipped with modern samples of munitions, weapons and military equipment. "The approaches to equipping, training and military-technical support fully meet the NATO standards", - he added.

"Taking into account the significant increase of activity of combat sabotage and reconnaissance and terrorist groups, which are being trained as at the occupied territories so in special camps, located along our borders with Russia, one of the tasks of the special purpose brigade will be detection, localization and elimination of armed saboteurs", - Oleksandr Turchynov said, adding that having a powerful military equipment and professionally trained troopers, the brigade will be able to execute any military task.

He also informed that the substantial increase of salary of special operations troopers as of the National Guard so of the Armed Forces is planned: "In so doing, privates under contract will be able to receive the wage of minimum 7000 hryvnia per month, which will be increased with respect to the length of service, military expertise and military ranks".

"The formation of the brigade should end within two months, but despite that, the soldiers are completing the combat coordination and are ready to execute combat tasks", - NSDC Secretary emphasized.

Oleksandr Turchynov called upon the patriotic young people, especially those with combat experience and those who have returned from the area of ATO under the demobilization, to go to serve in the special purpose units of the National Guard as well as to CORD special units of the National Police, competitive admission to which will be announced in a short while.