Ukraine military should earn as much as state officials, salaries to meet NATO standards, - Turchynov

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Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov calls for increase of salaries for Ukrainian servicemen and believes their wages must meet NATO standards.

Turchynov said in a statement, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press office.

"The military aggression against our country continues for the fourth year in a row. Soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units, thanks to their heroism and courage and at the price of their casualties have been able to stop the adversary and release some of our territories.

"Unfortunately, we got used to daily casualties inflicted to our troops. But these numbers hide huge personal tragedies of parents, wives, and children...

"Under daily combat activities, shelling and provocations, our soldiers and officers serve under incredible nervous and physical stress, risking their lives every minute. Our duty is not only to deliver enthusiastic speeches about defenders of the country, respect for them and their authority in society; our duty is not only to provide the army with modern weapons and military equipment, comfortable and high-quality clothing and footwear... But, in principle, we must do everything to ensure that the financial security of our servicemen corresponds to their important role in society. The income of our military should adequately meet the needs of their families," Turchynov said.

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The NSDC secretary compared salaries of state officials, which reaches 30,000 hryvnia ($1,167) monthly for department heads with that of a commander colonel fighting at the frontline - 19,500 hryvnia ($759).

"My proposal is not to lower the salary for state officials. Public service is a responsible and decently paid job across the globe. I propose to increase the payments to our military significantly as we are currently planning the budget. Salary of a military cannot be lower than that of a state official working in a cozy office of central government bodies.... So, if we want to increase the state officials' salaries, we need to increase military salary first," Turchynov said.

"The structure of a salary of a Ukrainian military should meet NATO standards: 70-80 percent is basic salary, and additional payment for a military rank. We have it at 10-15 percent now," the NSDC secretary said.

Turchynov added the issue of military salaries is a matter of defense reliance and national security. He said he sent his proposal to the Cabinet.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n449889