Hi, Steve !
No, I'm not an expert
But I saw much more Ukrainian camo then any one here
, and even wore it in the ranks.
Why removed the pockets on his pants - I do not know. I don’t know any order or standard that would regulate the sewing of a field uniforms for the Ukrainian army. The Army actually has everything - a huge number of variations of the uniform in camouflage, "Butan" and "Dubok."
Please note - the form is stitched along the lines of "Afghanka" (here on the forum you incorrectly call it M88) and the pockets are made with Velcro, instead of to be buttoned. Tightening cord sewn into the belt with two seams instead of 4. Well, here is still a lot of significant differences. It is possible that pockets were removed because of the cost of tissue. Or because of the order of the military command that ordered the party of this form, citing the fact that in the cockpit of the tank or BMP extra pockets will cling devices ....
In any case, this form no longer meets military requirements.
I can also add the fact that the best Ukrainian uniform was made for army in 1995-2000. I will try in the near future to lay out an overview of such uniform.
P.S. I apologize for my terrible English