The Verkhovna Rada -- Ukraine's parliament -- adopted a law Thursday to create a new national guard.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman and acting President Oleksander Turchynov submitted legislation on the National Guard of Ukraine for a parliamentary vote at Thursday's session.
Following Russia's occupation of Ukraine's mostly pro-Russian Crimea region, Turchynov proposed the creation of a new national guard "to protect the country against all citizens, external and internal aggression."
After Turchynov made the announcement Tuesday, Parliamentary member and former Defense Minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk estimated that Ukraine's new national guard could number between 45,000 and 50,000 troops and recommended it comprise reserve officers and interior troops "who are the most battle-worthy."
Interfax-Ukraine reported that 226 out of 330 members of parliament voted in favor of the legislation on Thursday.
[Interfax Ukraine News Agency]