The document establishes new principles for the formation of the leadership of the defence sector of the country. “In this Law, we went much further – we will have a civilian Defence Minister. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is subordinated to the President as Supreme Commander-in-Chief. He is also subordinated to the Minister of Defence of Ukraine. And he will be directly involved in the management of the army, will be responsible for the combat readiness of the army and other defence forces. And this will be the highest military position given that the President and the Minister of Defence will be civilians,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President of Ukraine also emphasized that “such revolutionary changes in the defence and security sector” are necessary even in war conditions and given the need to resist the Russian aggressor. “I strongly emphasize that the argument that war is not the time for reforms is completely wrong. And the value of the reforms carried out by us increases even more because they are held during the war,” Petro Poroshenko said.
According to the Head of State, not only did our partners participate in the drafting of the Law of Ukraine “On the National Security of Ukraine”, but also it is a symbol of a new quality of cooperation with security organizations, first of all with the North Atlantic Alliance.