Ukraine to spend five percent of 2015 budget on defense and security

December 20, 2014 5:59 PM

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Ukraine to spend five percent of 2015 budget on defense and security

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine plans to spend five percent of its budget or 86 billion hryvnia ($5.5 billion) on the army and on law enforcement in 2015 and to reintroduce compulsory military service, a top security official said on Saturday.

Pro-Russian separatism erupted in Ukraine's east in April, killing over 4,700 people. While violence has lessened in recent weeks, Kiev has said it must build up its military to counter any future threats in the east.

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