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Ukrainian army plans modernisation

20th January 2014 - 13:36 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in Kiev

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The Ukrainian army is set to undertake an extensive rearmament programme from 2017 that will include the purchase of new equipment and modernisation of their existing inventory.

Pavel Lebedev, Ukraine’s Defense Minister said: ‘We are shifting to new military equipment, while among the priorities will be larger armoured vehicles, artillery, aviation, air defense systems, and weapons for radio-radar troops.

According to Lebedev, some equipment will be imported with the rest utilizing local design and manufacturing capabilities. The total cost of the programme is estimated at UAH28 billion ($3.5 billion).

The Minister stated that the rearmament of the Ukranian Army is an

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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