Ukraine Plans $3 Billion Boost To Defense Spending
As armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Kiev celebrating Ukraine’s independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded prisoners of war down the besieged streets of Donetsk–and displayed charred wreckage of destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko announced he would raise military spending by $3 billion through 2017, an effective 50 percent increase from current budget targets. Ukrainian military leaders have pleaded for extra resources, as they face a potentially protracted fight against separatists.
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