The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has expanded the expenses for security and defense by UAH 7.1 billion in 2016. With 226 votes required, 265 deputies supported amendments to the 2016 state budget (law No.5217), Ukrainian News Agency reports. Of the sum, UAH 6.3 billion will be used for pay service. The law envisages that UAH 3.8 billion will be allocated to the Defense Ministry and another UAH 175 million will be allocated to the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the Defense Ministry, UAH 2 billion will be allocated to the National Police of Ukraine, UAH 963.5 million to the State Border Service, UAH 128.5 million to the Security Service of Ukraine, UAH 51 million to the State Guard Department, UAH 50 million to the State Emergency Situations Service, the UAH 5.4 million to the State Special Service of Transport. In addition, the law envisages allocation of UAH 1.5 billion for wages of employees of the central bodies of the government, local state administrations, and foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine in order to comply with the norms of the law on civil service. The law envisages allocation of UAH 950 million to the Ministry for Regional Development and Construction, Housing and Utility Economy for the fund of regional development to finance investment programs and projects of regional development. The law also envisages allocation of UAH 420 million for supporting coal enterprises. The law additionally allocates UAH 90 million to the Justice Ministry for financing expenses related to the representation of Ukraine's interests at foreign bodies of justice. Another UAH 50 million is allocated for modernization and upgrade of the material base of vocational schools. The note to the law reads that the expansion of the expenses of the state budget will be provided by economizing UAH 6.1 billion on execution of debt liabilities of state loans and another UAH 2.4 billion provided by economizing on servicing of the state debt. It also reads that UAH 1.16 billion of revenues of local budgets of population centers of Donetsk and Luhansk regions not controlled by the Ukrainian government at present shall be transferred to the state budget. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on September 28 the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine endorsed increase in funding of the Defense Ministry by UAH 3.8 billion, the National Police of Ukraine by UAH 2 billion, and law enforcement agencies.