The Head of State reminded that at the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were mostly equipped with Soviet weapons and military equipment, which were technically and morally obsolete. "Despite the existing developments at that time, because of the lack of financing, plundering, transfer of military objects by dealmakers, the combat capability of the army was weakened and the new equipment was not procured. In the past years, the budget of the defense ministry was called the "budget of using up", because the allocated resource was barely enough to pay money to our troops," the President stressed.
The President handed over to the Armed Forces MiG-29MU1 fighter aircraft, Mi-8MT multi-purpose helicopters, An-26Sh aircraft, T-64BV tanks, BRDM-2L1 armored reconnaissance patrol cars, BTR-3DA armored personnel carriers, "Osa" armored personnel carriers, radar stations and anti-aircraft missile systems, 2C1 "Gvozdyka" self-propelled artillery units and repair shops for armored vehicles.
Also, for the first time, the President handed over Bayraktar TB2 - a combat UAV capable of staying aloft for 24 hours with a range of action up to 150 km. It is equipped with modern high-precision missiles for the destruction of armored vehicles, engineering constructions and fortifications, as well as naval targets.
The president also stressed that Ukraine had an army capable of defending our state.
According to Poroshenko, the priority of the state is to complete the development of new modernized weapons and mass production, including Vilkha-M and Neptune missile systems, Bohdana 155mm self-propelled howitzer, Verba 1 multiple rocket launcher, Sokil unmanned reconnaissance-strike complex.