On September 9, the Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak visited Kharkiv on the occasion of the Tankmen’s Day.
He attended the Institute of Armored Forces, which is based at the military training center of the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.” There he inspected the exhibition of weapons and military vehicles and awarded Anti-terrorist operation fighters, tank designers and manufacturers.
“Today, tank units are strongly holding the fort against Russian-terrorist aggression in the east of Ukraine. That’s why, it is very important that 20 Anti-terrorist operation fighters are among those awarded today. These very people will share their knowledge and combat experience to the young generation of tankmen,” the Minister of Defense claimed.
Stepan Poltorak also noted that although in 2014 the armor divisions of Ukraine were understaffed and not capable of repulsing the aggressor, the enemy was halted thanks to heroism and self-sacrifice of the tankmen. Currently, many of the ex-fighters in the east choose to study in the newly restored institute.
According to the Minister, 90 out of 139 this year’s students, who entered the institute, fought in the east.
Reference: On September 19, 1997, Kharkiv Tank College was reorganized into the Institute of Tank Forces in order to improve the training of officers for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On August 4, 1999, the Institute was scaled down and transformed into a small faculty as a part of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. In July 2017 the military training department of the polytechnic institute was reorganized into the Institute of Armored Forces.
Text: Iryna Klymenko
Photo: Ministry of Defense