As early as next month, common soldiers will be paid a salary of at least UAH 7 thousand, double what they get paid now. A brigade general’s salary, which previously stood at more than UAH 6 thousand, will amount to UAH 16 thousand now.

Speaking at a meeting of Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers, Stepan Poltorak, Ukraine’s Defense Minister, said that increasing salaries would make army service more attractive for professionals with combat experience, who are prepared to endure extreme hardships, as well as patriots of Ukraine willing to defend their homeland.  

“Despite the harsh economic situation, salaries of contract servicemen will for the first time be higher than the average salary in Ukraine. This is done to bolster and reform the Ukrainian Armed Forces, increase their defensive capacity and protect the country from armed aggression,” stressed the Defense Minister.