Zelenskyy satisfied with National Guard recruitment drive

23 February, 06:17 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

The recent initiative to recruit volunteers for Offensive Guard brigades of Ukraine’s National Guard is producing good results, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening address on Feb. 22.

He stressed that he received reports from the military, heads of the defense and security sectors, including Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko, who reported on the formation of new brigades of the Offensive Guard.

“The results are good,” said Zelenskyy.

The president also thanked the troops who protect Ukrainian land in the east and fight Russian forces.

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On Feb. 12, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported that the Offensive Guard had received a total of 27,000 applications, with 15,000 applicants joining the force.

On Feb. 2, Klymenko announced Ukraine’s National Guard is establishing Offensive Guard brigades to strengthen the country’s defense forces and liberate occupied territories.

Their goal is to liberate Ukrainian territories and reach the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine. The core of the new force will be made of current and former police officers, law enforcement officers, and National Guardsmen. The training of the fighters of the brigades will continue for several months.

“The decision to create assault brigades was made by our workers, who have enough fury to beat the enemy,” the minister said.

“Many of our servicemen, who have defended and are defending our country, came out with the initiative to recruit people into these units.”

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