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Ukraine to become military state by 2020 — Ukrainian official

September 29, 2014, 13:46 UTC+3 KIEV
The Strategy 2020 program, unveiled last week by President Petro Poroshenko, envisages an increase in the country’s military spending from 1% to 5% of GDP
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KIEV, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine should become the so-called “military state” by 2020, a deputy head of the country’s presidential administration said on Monday.

“We proceed from the principle that Ukraine should become a military state,” Dmytro Shymkiv said during the discussion of reforms under the Strategy 2020 program.

The Strategy 2020 program, unveiled last week by President Petro Poroshenko, envisages an increase in the country’s military spending from 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 to 5% of GDP in 2020.

“The number of servicemen in Ukraine will be increased from 2.8 to 7 people per 1,000 citizens,” Shymkiv said.

Petro Poroshenko launches strategic reforms

The Ukrainian president earlier said the strategy of the country’s development until the year 2020 envisages around 60 reforms which “should be launched almost simultaneously.”

The long-term state program envisages a major overhaul of the country’s governmental machinery by 70% and a flow of direct foreign investment to reach $40 billion in the period 2015-2020.

The strategic indicators determine that Ukraine is to enter the list of top 20 countries best for business (now 99th on the Forbes list) and its GDP per capita to climb to $16,000 (now $8,500).

Poroshenko said he expects to get 1 billion euros of extra macro-financial aid from the European Union and a further $1 billion in financial guarantees from the United States.

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