This reform is aimed at the defence forces’ developing and maintaining of the skills necessary to deter armed aggression, ensuring the steady national defence, increasing the interoperability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations with the armed forces of the NATO and EU member states.
Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine has been repulsed and adherence to the Minsk agreements aimed at peaceful settlement of the conflict in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions has been ensured.
The North Atlantic Council has declared Ukraine a participant in the NATO Enhanced Capabilities Program.
A defence review data are being used for the preparation of the Military Security Strategy, the Strategic Defence Bulletin of Ukraine and policy documentation for the Armed Forces development.
The positions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been separated from each other under the NATO principles. The General Staff has been reformed and other military management bodies of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are undergoing transformation (to J-structure).
The Joint Forces Command, the Communication and Cyber Security Forces Command, the Support Forces Command, and the Medical Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been established to relieve the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from irrelevant functions.
Measures have been taken to reform and expand military intelligence capabilities.
The country’s naval potential is being gradually revived.
The logistics and medical support systems are being reinforced.
The Military Medical Doctrine of Ukraine has been developed and the activities of the defence forces medical departments are being coordinated.
The State Special Transport Service (SSTS) has been added to the structure of the Ministry of Defence; the SSTS legal status in peacetime and special periods has been clarified.
A contemporary defence resources use system is being introduced with programme and project management.
A new process for the procurement of weapons, military equipment and other materials is being implemented; direct international agreements on purchase and imports of weapons, military equipment and components thereto not manufactured in Ukraine, including Island-class patrol boats and Javelin anti-tank missiles, have been implemented for the first time in Ukrainian history.
A three-year planning cycle has been launched for the procurement and upgrading of weapons and military equipment under the state defence order (via ProZorro Sales e-procurement system).
Steps have been taken to begin manufacturing of missiles and ammunition at Ukrainian plants.
The Soviet-type mass military training is being replaced by individual professional training which requires quality selection and proper military education in various occupational areas. The practical component of military training has increased by 20—25%.
Effective methods of military career management have been implemented, new military ranks have been introduced in accordance with the NATO standards, and a vertical hierarchy of non-commissioned officer and warrant officer positions has been created.
Motivation to choose the military career has been enhanced and the state social benefits for servicemen and their families have been improved.
A powerful military reserve has been formed and the Unified State Register of Persons Liable to Military Duty has been brought into action.
Gender equality has been ensured in the Armed Forces.
The high level of the existing and potential military threats to Ukraine’s national security caused by Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine, Russia’s partial occupation of sovereign Ukrainian territory — the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and the ongoing. Kremlin-supported armed conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk regions that can escalate into an open armed confrontation between Ukraine and the Russia require new approaches to national military security and defence capacity building.
Ukraine has limited resources to meet the defence force's needs, which stimulates the improvement of strategic planning principles, introduction of comprehensive defence planning, defence and budget planning coordination based on contemporary programme and project management, use of efficient defence management mechanisms built upon the NATO member states methods and practices.
Obsolete weapons, military and special equipment require faster replacement with new and upgraded models, including by military and technical cooperation.
Large investments are needed to develop the military infrastructure, particularly in the east and south of the country.
Conditions must be created to ensure the professional development and social security of servicemen encouraging individuals to do military service and increasing the number and quality of the armed forces personnel.
Reforming national security and defence (including other sector components).
Developing the Military Security Strategy of Ukraine.
Elaborating and submitting the draft Defence Plan of Ukraine.
Introducing a new integrated defence leadership and management system meeting the NATO standards.
Creating an effective territorial defence system.
Organising the electronic register of military land management.
Efficient Armed Forces
Developing the Strategic Defence Bulletin of Ukraine and national targeted defence programmes aimed to address the existing issues and provide support for the most important development projects of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other defence force components.
Assigning tasks and functions to military authorities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in line with the NATO principles.
Automation of defence resources tracking and management, digitisation of personnel records.
Arranging participation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in international peacekeeping and security operations under the auspices of the UN, EU, NATO and other international security organisations.
Training designated units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for taking part in joint operations together with the armed forces of the NATO member states.
Submitting to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine draft laws on professionalisation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other defence force components.
Latest weapons and military equipment
Submitting to the Verkhovna Rada of bills on improvement of weapons and military equipment design, manufacture and procurement, formation of a transparent defence budget, military and technical cooperation.
Actualisation (prolongation) of the State Target Defence Program for Military Technology Development.
Automation of logistics (procurement, supply, storage, distribution, use and quality control) processes.
Proper support and training of servicemen
Bringing the military career management, training and military education systems in line with the NATO standards.
Observing the equality and zero discrimination principle in military career development and senior position appointment of men and women.
Applying the NATO military training best practices in professional standards and military education and training programmes to the benefit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Developing the state programme of construction (creation) of public amenities in military towns.
The defence sector reform includes:
1. Final implementation of the strategic and operational defence reform goals and objectives to 2020 defined in the current Strategic Defence Bulletin of Ukraine.
2. Fulfilment of the defence reform tasks and priorities defined in the Activity Programme of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in particular:
introducing a new integrated defence leadership and management system meeting the NATO standards;
developing the Military Security Strategy of Ukraine;
laying out the Strategic Defence Bulletin of Ukraine;
designing the state target programmes for the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other defence force components to 2025;
building a new territorial defence system;
establishing the Military Police as a law enforcement body in the Ministry of Defence;
improving defence resource management in line with the NATO member states standards and principles;
updating the State Target Defence Program for Military Technology Development to 2022;
designing new models and upgrading existing armaments, procurement of weapons and military equipment under the state defence order to 2020;
creating an ammunition manufacturing and storage arsenal;
launching the system of electronic military service record cards;
improving social security of reservists when they go on periodic training courses and carry out missions in permanent units;
improving the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine base infrastructure and building a system of training centres and service ranges.
The State Special Transport Service