The Ukrainian authorities have allocated an extra UAH 10.5 billion (about $1bln) over the last three months to improve the combat capacity of the army, Ukrainian Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.
"Over these last three months we've formed the Ukrainian army, National Guard and security forces of the country. They defend Ukraine - іn total, we spent UAH 10.5 billion to finance the needs of the National defence, of which UAH 6.7 billion came from the reserve fund of the state budget," he said at parliament on Friday during his report on 100 days of the government's work. Yatseniuk said that the government was doing its best to improve material and technical base of the army, as well as to improve social protection of the soldiers. Besides, he reported that as of June 4 the public had donated UAH 128.7 million for the needs of the army. The premier said that these funds are meant for material and medical provisions of the army.