Tuesday, May 31 2016 03:28 EEST
A delegation from Ukraine visited the Czech Republic from 15 to 21 May 2016
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The event was facilitated by NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine Advisers Miroslav Pelikan and Col Pavel Jelinek. Inna Barshchevska provided the interpretation.

The Ukrainian delegation included representatives from the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Armed Forces of Ukraine, National Guard of Ukraine, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Defence and Security Industry Association.

NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine shared on Facebook:

'The aim of the visit was to familiarize participants with the Logistics Support System and Standardization Management System of NATO countries that underwent transition from the Warsaw Pact to NATO and implemented NATO standards in their Armed Forces as well as the defence Industry.

The following entities were visited: Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic (Logistics Division, Defence Policy and Planning Division and Standardization Departement), Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre, Logistics Agency, National Movement and Coordination Centre, Logistics Brigade and Logistics Battalion, Logistics Warehouse, Logistics Department of Defence University and several defence industries - Karbox (containers), Aura (logistics and standardization information systems), Tatra (military trucks).

The visit was successful in meeting its main aim and in setting the scope for future work including the establishment of a centralized standardization management system and implementation of NATO standards in Ukraine. The success of the event was helped by the positive attitude of all participants and the excellent arrangements provided by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic (which fully funded the visit) and the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre.'

A number of military exercises are now planned between NATO members and Ukraine in 2015. Initial personnel and equipment of the 137rd Airborne Brigade arrived in Yavoriv, Lviv Oblast, on 10 April 2015. Fearless Guardian will train Ukraine's newly formed National Guard under the Congress-approved Global Contingency Security Fund. Under the program, the United States will begin training three battalions of Ukrainian troops over a six-month period beginning in April 2015.

In September 2015, NATO launched five trust funds for €5.4 million for the Ukrainian army. €2 million are planned to be sent for the modernization of communication systems, €1.2 million – to reform the logistic and standardization systems, €845 thousand – for physical rehabilitation and prostheses, €815 thousand for cyber defense, and €410 thousand for retraining and resettlement.

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