The average flight time of aviation crews in the Air Force increased 2.3 times, while the plan of flight training was 86% fulfilled. In the Navy the plan of military training only of the land forces was implemented 100%, whereas training with the ships and boats, which were the part of the RRF, was only 90% fulfilled. The average term of training of practical training on the sea was raised by two more days to 25. The average flight time of the Navy air forces increased 6.7 times (from 10 hours of flying to 67.5 hours).
Lieutenant-General of the Military Forces Headquarters of Ukraine Viktor Yudakov said that in the five-month training since December 2005 the rapid response forces got only 16.9% of the financing needed, the main defense forces – only 0.5% of financing for the entire year. The situation was the most difficult at the beginning of the training year: the preparation began on December 1, 2005 and financing only started in the middle of January 2006.
A similar situation was observed last year, when instead of the minimum of 57 mn euro needed for training subdivisions of the rapid response force, only 20 mn euro were allocated by the state. One more problem that Yudakov mentioned was irregular financing of the training programs within a year, which results in specialists losing their skills.
At the end of April, Hrytsenko had to admit that “the financial situation in the armed forces is not satisfactory”. He also said that the decision of the Ukrainian National Security Service to allocate 1.4 bn euro to the Armed Forces and the guarantee of crediting 320 mn euro through selling extra munitions were not carried out.
Preparation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine should have been 50% financed by this time, but only 34% of the required amount was allocated. The same situation was observed last year as well, when out of 58 mn euro, minimally needed for the rapid response forces, only 20 mn euro were allocated from the state budget. During the first five months of this year, only 16.9% of financing was executed. Hrytsenko believes that this delay began last year as a result of the rigid position of the Ministry of Finance. Later on the Verkhovna Rada made a decision to make some changes in the budget, but until now the mechanism of crediting the Armed Forces has not been established.
At the same time, the state finds resources for new military equipment. The state defence program envisages allocation of at least 1 bn euro for development and purchase of armaments and military equipment before the year 2009. The plan for 2006 is to allocate 140 mn euro for purchasing new sophisticated equipment and armaments. Specifically, UAH 54 mn will be allocated for the purchase and modernization of hardware, 3 million euro for Oplot tanks and designing corvette class ships and 42 mn euro for completing the construction and purchase of two An-70 airplanes.
Experts believe that cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey is promising, particularly in the joint project in the production of infantry fighting machines.