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Ukraine's Defence Sector: Key Reforms Since the Euromaidan

3 May 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Chatham House, London


Colonel Hennadiy Kovalenko, Main Directorate for Bilateral Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations, General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House



Reform of Ukraine's armed forces is a key priority for the government in Kyiv. In the immediate aftermath of Russia's military interference in Ukraine in 2014, barely 5,000 troops could be mobilized in the country's defence. At present, still facing heavily militarized units supported by Russia in the east, Ukraine currently allocates 5 per cent of its budget towards defence and is attempting to implement structural changes to reinforce key capabilities of its armed forces. What has been achieved since 2014?  What is the state of current capabilities and are they sufficient to contain the conflict in the Donbas? What are the key changes in training and recruitment? And how can Western allies best help? 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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