Defense Minister: First line of territorial defense forces already being formed in Ukraine

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov states that the first line of territorial defense forces is already being formed in the country. He stated this during a briefing.

“The first line of terrorist defense forces is currently being formed in peacetime. I would like to remind you that according to the law, the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been increased by 11 thousand, of which 10 thousand are territorial defense forces and one thousand are special operations forces that must ensure the resistance movement,” Reznikov said.

According to Reznikov, the command of the territorial defense forces, 4 regional terrorist territorial defense departments and the corresponding number of battalions have also been formed.

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He also said that volunteer groups would be deployed if necessary to protect critical infrastructure also in small towns.

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Earlier, it was reported that more than 150 battalions will be created as part of the deployment of the territorial defense system in Ukraine, and weapons will be assigned to each soldier.