Poroshenko orders ministers to ensure full financing of program on arms depots protection

Poroshenko orders ministers to ensure full financing of program on arms depots protection

President Petro Poroshenko has ordered Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to complete talks with the North-Atlantic Alliance on the implementation of a special trust fund that will ensure safe use and effective protection of ammunition depots.

The President gave the corresponding order at a meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies, the president’s press service reported on Tuesday evening.

"I understand that we inherited from the Soviet times a large number of ammunition and it is good that they have been preserved to this day. It's good that the defense ministers and merchants of the 1990s and 2000s did not have enough time to sell them. But for today we unfortunately do not have any modern depots that would fully meet NATO standards," Poroshenko said. .

President Poroshenko said he hopes that the relevant programs will be implemented soon.

"I instruct the Defense Minister and the Foreign Minister to urgently complete negotiations with NATO on the creation and implementation of a special trust fund that provides safe use and effective modern protection of ammunition storage facilities," he said.

At the same time, the President noted that the state managed to implement some measures this year, in particular, to protect the crucial objects of combat units.

As reported, on October 9, a fire broke out at the arms depots of military unit A1479 of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the village of Druzhba in the Ichnia district of Chernihiv region. Over 12,000 people have been evacuated from the scene of the incident.


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