Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law the bill 'On the Strength of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' passed by the parliament on March 5. The bill sets the maximum number of Armed Forces personnel at 250,000 with 204,000 of them military servicemen.
The law published on the president's website said that "the strength of the Armed Forces would grow in special periods with men recruited for military service under mobilization acts."
The law's explanatory note says that the strength of the army needs to be regulated for the purpose of national defense and protection of the Ukrainian sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability by the Armed Forces.
Previously, the Verkhovna Rada had limited the Armed Forces strength to 184,000. But the special period and national security threats prompted the Ukrainian Armed Forces to form two operative commands, eleven brigades, four regiments, 18 battalions, 16 separate companies and 13 platoons of various types. The Armed Forces need 250,000 men for timely deployment of a group of forces.
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