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Command of the Ukrainian General Staff visited Vilnius

2019-08-30
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On August 29-30 delegation of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces led by the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel General Ihor Kolesnyk, who is leading Ukrainian command and control system transformation process visited the Defence Staff of Lithuania. The guests were met by the Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Gintautas Zenkevičius.

 

The main purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the work and organization of the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in order to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces to better understand the principles of NATO planning, command and interaction and to apply them in their armed forces.

 

Command and departments of the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces presented high ranking Ukrainian officers structure, tasks of staff, interaction with the units of national defence system and other institutions. Special attention was paid to operations planning, military decision-making process, logistics and medical support. All Defence Staff departments presented their activity and format of work, answered to questions and explained how the principles of NATO command and control are implemented in the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

The guests were also given the opportunity to listen to presentations of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Training and Doctrine Command on military training, their planning and conducting, drafting and writing of doctrines and implementation of lessons learned process.

 

"We showed Ukrainian representatives the principles of work, governing our planning and interaction processes in the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the application of Lithuanian and NATO doctrines in the work of staff. We are confident that colleagues from the Ukrainian General Staff will bring good practices and adapt them to the needs of their armed forces, thus getting closer to NATO standards, "commented on benefits of meeting Brigadier General Gintautas Zenkevičius.

 

On August 29 delegation of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces honoured the memory of its soldiers at the Embassy of the Republic of Ukraine in Vilnius. On this day in 2014, the bloodiest battles took place in eastern Ukraine, when separatist group supported by Russia, mercilessly killed retreating units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the so-called "Ilovaisk kettle". According to various reports, over 400 Ukrainian soldiers were killed on that day.


Since the beginning of Russian military aggression in Ukraine in 2014, Lithuania has politically supported Ukraine. The Lithuanian Armed Forces provide support to Ukraine's reforms in the field of military education and training, help to apply Western standards to the Ukrainian Armed Forces seeking to increase interaction with the NATO states' armed forces. Ukrainian troops are invited to study at Lithuanian military training institutions; Lithuania is financing Ukrainian military training at the Baltic Defence College.

 

Since 2015 Lithuanian Armed Forces instructors are helping to train and strengthen the Ukrainian Armed Forces by participating in a US-led training program for Ukrainian soldiers. In 2017 with the establishment of the Lithuanian Military Training Mission in Ukraine, up to 60 Lithuanian military instructors and civilian National Defence System personnel can participate in the program at the same time. Lithuanian troops are not involved directly in combat actions and anti-terrorist operations in Ukraine.


Photo by Maj Tomas Balkus

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