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Ukraine is torn to NATO: a new program of action

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Tank T-84-120 "Yatagan" - a version of the T-84 with weapons and devices of a foreign design. Photo Wikimedia Commons


The current authorities of Ukraine consider joining NATO as one of the main foreign policy tasks. Over the past several years, certain measures and programs have been proposed aimed at the earliest possible accession to the Alliance. Among other things, it is planned to restructure the military in accordance with the standards of the organization.

Presidential Decree


In recent days, the topic of hypothetical entry into NATO has again become relevant in connection with the new decisions of the Ukrainian leadership. On May 11, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree "On the Richna National Program for the Guidance of the Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2021 Rik" ("On the Annual National Program under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2021")

In accordance with this document, the cabinet of ministers must draw up a plan for the implementation of the new annual program within 20 days. He must also determine the criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the work carried out. As a separate clause of the decree, the president obliged state structures to regularly report to the public on the work carried out.

The approved Annual National Program is attached to the decree. It is a multi-page document that includes several main sections and covers various areas of state, military and economic policy. He sets several dozen strategic goals of various kinds related to the future integration of Ukraine into NATO.

Strategic goals


Section II of the program is devoted to defense and security issues. It contains 13 strategic goals of various kinds, covering almost all areas of development of the armed forces and power structures. So, strategic goal 2.1 (the first in section) stipulates the basic principles of building the army and other organizations, social policy in relation to personnel, legal features of reforms, etc.


Falarick anti-tank missile for 105 mm cannons. Photo by GKB "Luch"

The second goal is to improve the defense management system in accordance with the principles and approaches adopted by NATO. The next goal is to ensure the required operational and combat capabilities of the armed forces, incl. with the ability to fully interact with foreign armies. The logistics and medical services need to be updated accordingly. Goal 2.5 is designated as “professionalization of the defense forces”; it also provides for the creation of the necessary reserve.

The program provides for the transformation of the internal affairs bodies and emergency services into a full-fledged component of the national defense system. Another "goal" determines the directions of development of the National Guard, also taking into account the approaches and principles of NATO. Objective 2.8 addresses the issues of interaction of defense structures with the population. The following points of the program relate to the border and migration services, the emergency services and the SBU. Finally, it is proposed to increase the intelligence capabilities of the state based on our own and foreign experience.

The assigned tasks should be solved in different ways. In part of the points, it is proposed to improve legislation and guidance documents. Other proposals relate to the introduction of new methods of work, borrowed from foreign colleagues. In a number of cases, the sequential implementation of different measures is envisaged, in which each new measure creates the basis for subsequent ones.

Different deadlines for completing the assigned tasks are set. The simplest activities should be completed by the end of this year. Legislative and other issues will be resolved until 2022-23. A complete restructuring of the armed forces and related structures in accordance with NATO standards is planned for 2025.


Lightweight floating craft of imported production. Photo of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Material part


In some areas, the reform will mainly affect legislation and guidance documents. At the same time, the modernization of the armed forces envisages not only the introduction of updated regulations and control loops, but also the replacement of the material part. Questions of this kind are addressed in Strategic Objective No. 2.3.

Already this year, the program requires the formation of new national standards for the development and production of weapons and equipment based on NATO standards. It is also necessary to determine the ways of further development and modernization of the materiel of the troops for the transition to new standards. In this case, it will be necessary to take into account the fact that for a long time in service will remain products of old models that do not meet NATO requirements.

During the period of new programs and projects, it is planned to purchase foreign samples weapons, as well as develop and produce our own designs. The main part of this transition is going to be completed by 2025.

Make or buy


It should be noted that the transition to new military equipment that meets the standards of the Alliance is the most difficult part of the planned programs. Ukraine has a fairly large army in need of appropriate quantities of materiel. A full replacement of old equipment and weapons with imported or own developments will be extremely expensive - up to the impossibility of fulfilling such plans.


Boats Mk 6 - these will soon be received by the Ukrainian Navy. Photo by SAFE Boats Int.

Independent development of new models according to NATO standards is quite real, and Ukrainian enterprises have experience of this kind. Modifications have been made in the past tanks with weapons and instrumentation of foreign production. Some Ukrainian developments in the field of guided missile weapons are used in foreign systems.

However, the prospects for own Ukrainian developments remain in question. It is necessary to create a number of modern samples that meet current requirements, and then launch their mass production. This will take time and serious financial costs, possibly unacceptable for a timely Ukraine. Whether industry and the army will be able to count on foreign aid is unclear.

Obviously, Ukraine will not be able to cover all its needs for weapons on its own and will have to purchase foreign products. The deliveries of individual samples have already begun. Received wide popularity stories with the transfer of portable anti-tank missile systems, motor boats, etc. Not so long ago, the Ukrainian fleet ordered British boats on credit.

The acquisition of foreign products, new and used, allows, in a limited time, to carry out the desired rearmament of almost all branches of the armed forces. However, even in this case, the issue of cost and budgets is at the forefront. Without timely and full-scale assistance from friendly countries, the rearmament program according to new standards cannot be carried out.

Bold plans


Thus, official Kiev not only does not abandon plans to join NATO, but is also trying to take real measures. Various negotiations are underway, new bodies are being created, etc. Recently, the president signed a decree launching a program that defines the main actions in the coming years.


For the time being, the Ukrainian Air Force will use old Soviet-made equipment. Photo of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The prospects for such a program - as well as all plans to join the North Atlantic Alliance - remain unclear. Some of the proposed measures are realistic, while others may be difficult or impossible to implement for financial, political and organizational reasons. However, the Ukrainian authorities intend to go all the way planned and prepare for joining NATO.

It should be noted that the possibility of achieving the main goal of Kiev is also questionable. Ukraine's accession to NATO depends not only on its desires and capabilities - it is connected with the fulfillment of a number of requirements. At the same time, the decisive word on this issue remains with the Alliance itself and its leading countries. And until they make a positive decision, the transfer of the Ukrainian army to new standards actually makes no sense.
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  1. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 14 May 2021 18: 19
    -2
    It should be noted that the possibility of achieving the main goal of Kiev is also questionable.

    The main goal of Kiev? And what is it really like and with what forces will Kiev achieve it?
    The Russian government is simply obliged to do everything possible as soon as possible so that Ukraine does not feel "endowed" with the right to dictate the Nazi will to the peoples of Russia.
    NATO also needs to be informed in case of eastward expansion. Stop backing away. If someone's grip has weakened - give up the reins and do not make people laugh with your galley oar when sea vessels use other power plants. Therefore, they move faster. And we have been winding up snot for 30 years and discussing the news that the price is a garbage can.
    1. Clear
      Clear 14 May 2021 18: 21
      +2
      Quote: ROSS 42
      The main goal of Kiev?

      Jobs winked

      1. RealPilot
        RealPilot 14 May 2021 18: 29
        0
        Ukraine is torn to NATO

        Already torn ...
        Will the seam on the trousers break?
        1. Revolver
          Revolver 14 May 2021 21: 00
          +7
          Zelenskiy bent over the map of Europe. He vomited uncontrollably into NATO.
    2. bistrov.
      bistrov. 15 May 2021 06: 53
      +3
      Quote: ROSS 42
      The Russian government is simply obliged to do everything possible as soon as possible so that Ukraine does not feel "endowed" with the right to dictate the Nazi will to the peoples of Russia.

      After all, there was an opportunity in February-March 2014 to resolve this issue in one fell swoop, why this was not done is completely unclear ...
    3. dog of war
      dog of war 15 May 2021 21: 53
      +2
      Did I miss something? Since when has Kiev dictated the will of the peoples of Russia?
      1. Ross xnumx
        Ross xnumx 16 May 2021 03: 58
        0
        Quote: War Dog
        Since when has Kiev dictated the will of the peoples of Russia?

        Since the days when he did not recognize the debts of Yanukovych and shod the "national property Gazprom" ...
        You wake up ... It is clear for a long time that Russia does not always write under dictation, but there are cases.
        1. dog of war
          dog of war 16 May 2021 15: 17
          +1
          So Yanukovych lives in Russia, at any time you can ask him, since he took this debt in Kamaz.
          As for the national property Gazprom, this is how he himself puts shoes on the entire Russian people, and so on.
  2. svp67
    svp67 14 May 2021 18: 33
    +1
    Ukraine is rushing from one extreme to another. Against the background of all the talk about the transition to NATO standards, the purchase of the 152-mm DANA SAU becomes completely incomprehensible, when the Slovaks have its version of Suzanne in 155-mm ...
    1. Thorvlobnor IV
      Thorvlobnor IV 14 May 2021 18: 57
      +6
      What's incomprehensible? Dana replaces the towed 152mm artillery, which is fully compatible with it in terms of projectiles.
      1. svp67
        svp67 14 May 2021 19: 31
        0
        Quote: Torvlobnor IV
        What's so incomprehensible?

        Yes, a lot
        Quote: Torvlobnor IV
        Dana replaces the towed 152mm artillery, which is fully compatible with it in terms of projectiles.

        Considering that the airborne assault units "laid eyes" on it, what kind of towed 152-mm guns are you talking about in them? And as far as I know they are bought somewhere four dozen, that amount of artillery cannot be replaced, but it would be possible to start the transition to 155-mm
        1. Thorvlobnor IV
          Thorvlobnor IV 15 May 2021 10: 48
          +2
          You have a two-fold false dichotomy.
          1. One does not exclude the other: the 155mm self-propelled gun "Bogdan" will not be ready for mass production for a long time, and "Dana" - here it is, here and now, is gradually replacing towed guns, which are miserably inferior in terms of deployment / folding speed.
          2. Troopers also "laid eyes" on "Dana": she also like.
          1. svp67
            svp67 15 May 2021 12: 10
            -1
            Quote: Torvlobnor IV
            You have a two-fold false dichotomy.
            1. One does not exclude the other: the 155mm self-propelled gun "Bogdan" will not be ready for mass production for a long time, and "Dana" - here it is, here and now, is gradually replacing towed guns, which are miserably inferior in terms of deployment / folding speed.

            It is with you that something is wrong with the logic ...
            Did I mention Bogdana CJSC somewhere? Not. I was talking about the Suzanne wheeled self-propelled gun, about this

            Which is a 155-mm version of the Danna self-propelled guns and which has already passed all stages of testing
            1. Thorvlobnor IV
              Thorvlobnor IV 15 May 2021 13: 23
              0
              This is not my logic, but the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. For 152mm, the logistics have been established, and the personnel trained, so we bought "Dana" in order to get a momentary effect. And 155mm art is not a close affair, it is necessary to establish the entire chain for it, and produce tools, arrange logistics, and, in fact, create new divisions.
              1. svp67
                svp67 15 May 2021 13: 29
                0
                Quote: Torvlobnor IV
                For 152mm, logistics have been established, and personnel trained,

                And how is this different from the staff "for 155-mm"?
                Quote: Torvlobnor IV
                And 155mm art is not a close affair, it is necessary to establish the entire chain for it, and produce tools, arrange logistics, and, in fact, create new divisions.

                Then what is all this talk about the transition to "NATO standards" for? By the way, do you know such a thing as "rearmament"? For this, it is not necessary to create any new units, the old one is taken and the weapons are replaced.
                And you buy the ACS completely, which means you can buy new barrels for them
                Quote: Torvlobnor IV
                to get a momentary effect.

                This is the main thing that they now want to achieve and seeing the craving for technology from the Czech Republic, it seems to me that it is worth looking here for a corruption component.
    2. out of habit
      out of habit 14 May 2021 19: 04
      +3
      While the neighbors are supplying 152mm, it is cheaper to take Dana, a few pieces, than to bring the entire army to "standards".
    3. boris epstein
      boris epstein 16 May 2021 16: 32
      +1
      NKMZ (Novokramatorsk Machine-Building Plant) is now trying to develop a self-propelled gun with a 155 mm gun, but this is also interesting. Ukraine does not have an industry for the production of ammunition. Neither European nor Soviet calibers. They ordered its construction to the United States, paid money, but still the horse was not lying there. The shells will be purchased from Gebrev. So Boshirov and Petrov got in a hurry in the Czech Republic in time.
  3. ximkim
    ximkim 14 May 2021 18: 38
    +5
    Ukraine will join NATO when the accession / accession rules are met.
    Everything depends on Ukraine.
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather 14 May 2021 18: 52
      +3
      Ukraine is torn to NATO:
      so independent that it has the right to even step into shit ...
      1. Cat Alexandrovich
        Cat Alexandrovich 14 May 2021 20: 33
        0
        And what about Ukrainian shit?
        1. Nyrobsky
          Nyrobsky 14 May 2021 23: 53
          +4
          Quote: Cat Alexandrovich
          And what about Ukrainian shit?

          Zhirinovsky once asked about the difference between arm, leg, head, etc. in Russian and Ukrainian languages, and finally established that the difference was found in the word "dupa", because of which, in fact, the dillmen started a revolution of hydrology with the requirement of continuous independence. Here everything is now done through the "dupu".
          PS- By the way, what you asked about sounds like a shit in Ukrainian. The problem is one letter. Although this is far from harmless, as it seems at first glance, since the words "Cat" and "Kit" sound the same in Ukromov - "Kit". How do they distinguish them, fig knows him. request
          1. dog of war
            dog of war 15 May 2021 22: 03
            -3
            You are wrong about the word "Kit". In the Ukrainian language there is a word "Kit", read as "Kit", this word means a cat, the cat that lives in the kitchen. And there is the word "Whale", read as "Kyt", this word means the Whale that lives in the ocean. Each animal has its own word, as in Russian.
        2. BMP-2
          BMP-2 15 May 2021 13: 57
          +1
          If in Russian this term is interpreted unambiguously, then in Ukrainian there are various variants of it: 1) shit; 2) givno; 3) online. As they say, there is a wide choice! laughing
        3. dog of war
          dog of war 15 May 2021 21: 56
          0
          in Ukrainian will be online.
        4. Xnumx vis
          Xnumx vis 16 May 2021 20: 54
          0
          Quote: Cat Alexandrovich
          And what about Ukrainian shit?

          Almost the same, but.
    2. Egoza
      Egoza 14 May 2021 19: 12
      +1
      Quote: ximkim
      Ukraine will join NATO,

      Will definitely join .... When the cancer whistles after the rain on Thursday.
      1. Revolver
        Revolver 14 May 2021 21: 02
        +1
        Quote: Egoza
        Quote: ximkim
        Ukraine will join NATO,

        Will definitely join .... When the cancer whistles after the rain on Thursday.

        Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Zelensky, if he is promised this, will wait for rain on Thursday, stand up on the mountain with cancer, and kaaak will whistle!
        1. Xnumx vis
          Xnumx vis 16 May 2021 20: 56
          0
          Quote: Nagan
          Quote: Egoza
          Quote: ximkim
          Ukraine will join NATO,

          Will definitely join .... When the cancer whistles after the rain on Thursday.

          Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Zelensky, if he is promised this, will wait for rain on Thursday, stand up on the mountain with cancer, and kaaak will whistle!

          Ne treba! Tse bude chemical attack!
  4. zenion
    zenion 14 May 2021 18: 54
    -1
    Ukraine was beyond the Danube, then to the Communist Party of Ukraine, to the People's Democratic Labor Party, and now wants to join NATU. They understand that NATU is the same batch with the same manners, only the name of the company was changed.
  5. iouris
    iouris 14 May 2021 19: 08
    -1
    Ukraine will not join NATO, but it will only make the Russian Federation worse.
  6. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 14 May 2021 19: 36
    -1
    Beggars are not accepted into NATO. In any case, beggars like Ukraine.
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 14 May 2021 21: 06
      +5
      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      Beggars are not accepted into NATO. In any case, beggars like Ukraine.

      Well, they took Albania.
      1. Andrei Nikolaevich
        Andrei Nikolaevich 14 May 2021 21: 54
        +1
        Don't compare. Small and poor Albania and big and very poor Ukraine. In addition, there is no Donbass in Alania.
  7. Ros 56
    Ros 56 14 May 2021 19: 59
    0
    It seems that they are selling us wholesale and retail, only they blow in their ears and hang medals for their own, and the practical steps are not visible only dust in the eyes. And the Banderlogists do what they want.
  8. Alexander X
    Alexander X 14 May 2021 20: 27
    0
    Does Ukraine have money for contributions to NATO? Or do they hope that they will be kept in here for free? I think that NATO does not want Ukraine, but some kind of contract that will allow here on the territory of Ukraine to place bases, or deliver missiles and / or American cruisers in Odessa to moor on a fixed basis (they will figure out how to get around Montreux) - this is it, do not go to the grandmother, they will sign and ratify the Americans with great pleasure ...
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 14 May 2021 21: 10
      +1
      Quote: Alexander X
      Or do they hope that they will be kept in here for free?

      They hope that they will be paid extra for membership. As the Velikoykry themselves dream, "We will be panuvati, and we will be pratsyuvati."
  9. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 15 May 2021 12: 10
    +1
    The path to NATO for Ukraine goes through an ass. Ukraine got into the ass, but instead of crawling out, it goes into the depths all the time.
  10. Evil 55
    Evil 55 15 May 2021 15: 41
    +2
    What strategic plans can a state be talking about, in which there is not a single cartridge factory and which is not able to manufacture a new barrel of an artillery gun ..
  11. Nord11
    Nord11 15 May 2021 21: 41
    -2
    Well? Re-equipping according to NATO standards, you can apply for a tank in a car loan, take an airplane under a mortgage, and estimate a battalion in a second-hand NATO battalion. And that's it, dreams come true even without Gazprom!
  12. Ovsigovets
    Ovsigovets 15 May 2021 23: 58
    +2
    strange people .... they themselves are looking for hemorrhoids on oppa intensely ...... Kharkiv will "light up", and then the Dnieper ... and Odessa still has a lot to "burn"
  13. AC130 Ganship
    AC130 Ganship 22 June 2021 21: 37
    0
    No one under the NATO standard, suddenly waking up, does not go over. For many years, the Bundeswehr exploited the almost new Mig29 they inherited. The Czechs still fly on the Miles, and, by the way, not so long ago they sold the Soviet tanks they had on storage to the Georgians (55 or 62, I don't remember exactly).
    Those. what kind of fabric your pants are made of in the army - this is NATO give a damn about it.