Ukraine raising new national guard, slams Russia

KIEV, March 11 Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:58am EDT

KIEV, March 11 (Reuters) - Ukraine will raise a new national guard force among military veterans in response to Russian attempts to annex Crimea, the acting president told parliament on Tuesday.

Oleksander Turchinov said mismanagement of the armed forces under his ousted predecessor meant that the Ukrainian military had to be rebuilt "effectively from scratch". The acting defence minister said the country had only 6,000 combat-ready infantry compared to over 200,000 Russian troops on its eastern borders.

Turchinov, who warned against provoking further Russian action, said the National Security and Defence Council decided to establish a National Guard, using the existing Interior Ministry forces as a base. The goal would be "to defend citizens from criminals and from internal or external aggression".

A partial mobilisation of volunteers drawn from those with previous military experience would begin, he said.

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MikeyL wrote:
Yay the Nazi army of the 21st century has spawned. Start WW3 and the collapse of the US dollar $$$.

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