Since the beginning of military conflict in the east of Ukraine in spring 2014 volunteers have played a key role in supporting the Armed forces of Ukraine. Their efforts have been highly appreciated and supported by the government and the President of Ukraine, in particular.
In November 2014 eight volunteers from the Volonterskiy desant (Volunteer force) became consultants of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine. Their task was to enhance optimize the work of MOD and its elements, services and the Public Procurement Department in particular.
The Volonterskiy desant established a framework for institutional changes at MOD, and already at the beginning of 2015 the reforms and novelties began to acquire systemic nature. In August 2015 the Reforms Project Office was established based on the order of Minister of defense of Ukraine with the purpose of providing comprehensive support and expertise to the process of reforming the MOD.