by Natalia Zinets
A Ukrainian serviceman climbs onto a new armoured vehicle during a handover ceremony of military equipment by the President Poroshenko to the Ukrainian forces near the city of Zhytomyr, some 140 km from Kyiv, on Jan. 5, 2015.
A law is being prepared to increase the size of the Ukrainian armed forces by 68,000 personnel to a total of 250,000, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday.
Of this figure, 204,000 would be soldiers, he said at a government meeting.
Yatseniuk spoke after a surge in violence in Ukraine's eastern territories where government forces are fighting Russian-backed separatists, including clashes on Tuesday which Kiev says followed attacks by Russian regular troops.