Czech Republic to bolster forces with reserve army

The Czech Republic is to create a 5,000 strong semi-professional reserve army as part of legislation set to be approved by the government in the autumn. Such a move has long been on the cards, writes, with the current crisis in the Ukraine exacerbating fears that the country's current roughly 20,000 strong active army personnel would be insufficient in case of a future conflict with a country such as Russia. CZK 450 million is to be set aside for the supplemental force.