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Title: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 03, 2015, 07:30:28
Mo' help from Canada - in this case, helping train Ukrainian military police (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=927729&tp=1) ....
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The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C, M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, announced today that Canada will join the US – Ukraine Joint Commission on Defence Reform and Bilateral Cooperation in order to better coordinate Canada’s ongoing provision of assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The US-Ukraine Joint Commission is the most effective and efficient venue for Canada to ensure the donations and training opportunities provided to Ukraine are appropriate, coordinated and synchronized with Canada’s ally the United States. Canada and Ukraine are committed to continue working together to strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian Government and its security forces to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its people. At the invitation of the Joint Commission, Canada will lead the Military Police Sub-committee and will coordinate the Joint Commission’s training assistance efforts to Ukraine’s military police.

Quick Facts

    When the Joint Commission was formed in July 2014. Canada was an observer at the Joint Commission’s inaugural meeting in October 2014, and later requested and received an invitation for membership on the Joint Commission.
    The principal role of the Military Police Subcommittee is to coordinate the activities of participating nations to train and develop military police in Ukraine. More details on this subcommittee will become available as Canada undertakes this leadership role. In addition to leading the sub-committee, the Canadian Armed Forces is planning further initiatives to provide training assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces on matters related to military policing.
    Canada has made extensive donations to the Ukrainian military since August, 2014, both through direct donation and support by the Department of National Defence, as well as through the donations and funding support provided by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. This includes the donation and delivery of a range of targeted protection, medical and non-lethal military gear.
    In addition, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced a second low-interest loan of $200 million for Ukraine to help the newly-elected government restore macroeconomic stability, promote sustainable growth, and support programming consistent with Canadian development priorities ....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on April 02, 2015, 20:15:33
It looks like we will be sending an observer/trainer mission to Ukraine beginning in May.

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/04/01/canada-to-send-military-advisors-to-ukraine/
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: PPCLI Guy on April 02, 2015, 20:25:00
I am pretty sure that it a training mission.  Not sure where they got the observer part from.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on April 02, 2015, 20:33:44
Any word on mission name?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: SupersonicMax on April 02, 2015, 21:19:45
Reassurance?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: PPCLI Guy on April 02, 2015, 22:19:08
That is the NATO mission.  This one will no doubt start with a "U".
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on April 10, 2015, 20:19:03
More reports of a training mission to the Ukraine, but still little details.
I bet there is actually a lot they could teach us right now on the requirement for artillery and armour in numbers.
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Canada to send troops to Ukraine in non-combat role
CTV News
10 Apr 2015

Canada will be sending troops to Ukraine to participate in a non-combat role in the region in the coming months.

CTV's Mercedes Stephenson reported the news Friday on Power Play.

"While the government is still working out the details, sources tell CTV News a training mission is one of the options on the table. Canada will likely work closely with American allies who are already in the region," Stephenson said.

Stephenson said senior Conservatives have been hinting at the possibility of an expanded mission for weeks, and the move will emphasize "Canada's strong anti-Putin stance and help shore up the Ukrainian government."

Canada has taken a clear stance against Russian military action in Ukraine, which it describes as an "illegal occupation." Canada has imposed sanctions against "those responsible for the ongoing crisis."

"Until Russia clearly demonstrates its respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Canada will continue to work with its allies and like-minded countries to apply pressure that will further isolate Russia economically and politically," reads a statement on the Foreign Affairs website.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-to-send-troops-to-ukraine-in-non-combat-role-1.2321894
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: TCBF on April 10, 2015, 23:13:02
- This will not end well.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Pat in Halifax on April 11, 2015, 02:39:07
And the aggressor there is not an uneducated, undomesticated extremist.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on April 11, 2015, 03:25:05
Well here comes another election issue
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on April 14, 2015, 02:21:42
PM's announcement is apparently coming tomorrow (Tuesday).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 14, 2015, 09:29:11
PM's announcement is apparently coming tomorrow (Tuesday).
About an hour from this post (http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/04/13/public-event-april-14-2015) ....
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9:30 a.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make an announcement. He will be joined by Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, and General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

National Defence Headquarters
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario ....
.... followed by another DefMin/CDS chat with media shortly thereafter? (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=962639&tp=3)
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Minister of National Defence, Jason Kenney and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson will hold a media opportunity on 14 April 2015, in Conference Room D, National Defence Headquarters.

Participants list (subject to change):

    Minister of National Defence, Jason Kenney
    Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson

When: April 14, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. (EST)

Where: Conference Room D, 2 North Tower ....
And here's what The Canadian Press has heard (http://www.newstalk1010.com/news/2015/04/14/canadian-troops-to-train-ukrainian-military) ....
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Canada appears set to join a U.S.-led training mission to shore up the capabilities of the battered and bloodied Ukrainian military.

A defence source says the Harper government is expected to announce the deployment of training troops _ possibly over 100. Most of them are expected to be housed at an existing NATO training centre located in Yavoriv, in the western portion of the embattled European country, near the Polish border.

The troops will join American and British soldiers, likely in mid-May.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Defence Minister Jason Kenney are expected to announce the long anticipated move Tuesday at National Defence headquarters ....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 14, 2015, 11:39:28
First word via PMO (http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/04/14/pm-announces-new-canadian-military-contribution-ukraine) - highlights mine:
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that the Government of Canada will provide significant additional military resources to help train and build the capacity of Ukrainian forces personnel. The announcement was made following a briefing on the current security situation in Ukraine with Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, and General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Canada will be deploying approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to Ukraine until March 31, 2017, to develop and deliver military training and capacity-building programs for Ukrainian forces personnel. CAF members will be deployed on both a sustained and periodic basis depending on the type of training being conducted. Their activities will include explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal training, military police training, medical training, flight safety training, and logistics system modernization training. Canada will also be providing individual and unit tactics training to Ukrainian National Guard personnel along with the United States.

( .... )

    The training, intended to begin this summer, is in addition to training opportunities offered by the CAF through the Military Training and Cooperation Program. The training will take place primarily at the NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centre in Yavoriv, located in western Ukraine close to the Polish border. Training will also take place at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence Demining Centre in Kamyanets-Podilsky in western Ukraine.

    In January 2015, Canada formalized the provision of military assistance to Ukraine by joining the United States/Ukraine Joint Commission and agreeing to co-chair, with Ukraine, the Joint Commission's Military Police Subcommittee ....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Chispa on April 14, 2015, 14:06:45
From the NP National Post:
According to a news release issued Tuesday, Canada will deploy about 200 military personnel to Ukraine until March 31, 2017, “to develop and deliver military training and capacity-building programs for Ukrainian forces personnel.”

Their activities will include: explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal training, military police training, medical training, flight safety training, and logistics system modernization training.

As well, Canadian troops will work alongside United States personnel to provide “individual and unit tactics training” to the Ukrainian National Guard.
Canada will also be sending 22 Harris high-frequency radios, 238 pairs of PVS-7 night vision goggles, 1,134 tactical medical kits, a mobile field hospital structure and some explosive ordnance disposal equipment to Ukraine.


PVS 14 would be recommended however overall sure the Russian will be very upset with Canada’s contribution.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on April 14, 2015, 22:52:16
Looks like avoiding deeply embedded Russian intelligence operators will be one of the principle challenges when we get into this training mission.  I am a little skeptical of the claim our Afghan combat experience is particularly beneficial to this mission.  There are a lot of still relevant lessons that we have from Afghanistan.  However, this is the oft referred peer or near-peer fight; a lot of the related knowledge and skill sets had been allowed to atrophy over the past years as we focused training efforts on the current war.
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Russian infiltration of Ukrainian military complicates Canadian training mission
Matthew Fisher
National Post
14 April 2015

Training Ukrainians to fight pro-Russian separatists may turn out to be a far more complicated business for the 200 Canadian soldiers Ottawa announced Tuesday it is sending to Ukraine than it is for the nearly 70 Canadian trainers now on a similar mission in Iraq.

The reason is that Russian intelligence operatives of every kind have so deeply compromised the Ukrainian military that almost nothing they say or do remains secret for long, according to a recent paper for the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Citing unclassified, mostly Russian sources in his essay, “Brothers Disunited: Russia’s Use of Military Power in Ukraine,” Roger McDermott warned of the “penetration of the Ukrainian state intelligence apparatus, the SBU or Security Service of Ukraine by Russian intelligence agencies including GRU (Russian Military Intelligence), the FSB (Federal Security Service and the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service).”

The infiltration of the Ukrainian military does not only involve formal intelligence operatives. Ukrainians sympathetic to Moscow are believed to be working inside or close to almost all Ukrainian military units, making all aspects of the conflict — including training for war — that much harder for those assisting the Ukrainian side.

Several Canadian officers familiar with the Ukrainian file said they were aware of possible Russian interest in what the Canadian trainers would be doing, but they did not elaborate.

Because of the pervasiveness of Russian intelligence operations in Ukraine, the satellite imagery that Canada has begun to supply to the Ukrainians could also quickly end up back in Moscow. It is thought that the reason that Washington has been unwilling to share its best satellite imagery with the Ukrainians is that it does not want the Russians to find out what its satellite capabilities are.

While Russian espionage will undoubtedly make the Canadian mission harder, it probably does not pose any additional physical risk to the Canadian trainers. As Defence Minister Jason Kenney repeatedly emphasized when announcing the planned summer deployment in Ottawa, the Canadians will be working with U.S. and other NATO trainers far from where the war is being fought in eastern Ukraine. If the situation in Ukraine worsens, Kenney noted, the Canadians can travel to the safety of nearby Poland from where they could be evacuated.

Unlike in Iraq, where Canadian special forces mentors have worked very close to the front lines at times and have been involved in brief firefights, the trainers headed to western Ukraine, mostly from CFB Petawawa, in the Upper Ottawa Valley, will not accompany Ukrainian units into the field to help them identify and target the enemy. Rather, as they did during a much larger Canadian training mission in Afghanistan that followed Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar, the Canadians will do all their teaching on heavily guarded bases.

According to the government, their activities will include: explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal training; military police training; medical training; flight safety training; and logistics system modernization training.

Russia’s intelligence operatives and the Ukrainian sympathizers who work for them will almost certainly try to undermine the Canadian mission by keeping close tabs on what tactics and strategies the Ukrainians are being taught as well as the logistics of the mission.

For their part, the Russians have been training rebel forces for the past year on tactics and strategy and how to manage advanced weapons systems, both inside eastern Ukraine and in southern Russia. But these separatists do not face anywhere near the same level of penetration by Ukrainian intelligence and the eastern Ukrainians who support Kyiv have long ago fled for their lives.

In fact, as McDermott concluded, as well as instigating many battles and supplying and equipping their allies, the Russians made training their allies a top priority long before NATO got around to it.

Western nations including Canada have been very slow to respond to Ukraine’s urgent appeals for weaponry. But the Canadians are particularly well suited for the Ukrainian training mission because of the combat and training experience they got during Canada’s decade in Afghanistan.

As in Afghanistan, the Canadians will have lots of work to do. The Ukrainians, like the Afghans, have put few resources into training or equipping their forces with new gear since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. They are badly in need of help in almost every area.
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/russian-infiltration-of-ukrainian-military-complicates-canadian-training-mission
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: comfortablynumb on April 14, 2015, 23:01:00
However, this is the oft referred peer or near-peer fight; a lot of the related knowledge and skill sets had been allowed to atrophy over the past years as we focused training efforts on the current war.

We certainly won't be providing much ATGM or SAM trg.  ;D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on April 14, 2015, 23:19:57
Sounds like to me the biggest threat to the Ukraine is the enemy within, you can't execute an operation if the enemy knows the plan before the field commander does.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on April 21, 2015, 00:49:40
Polls say that a plurality of Canadians support the Ukraine mission.  Almost 50% support while less than 40% oppose.
If only greater support for military deployments would translate into greater support for military funding and investment.

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Almost half of Canadians support Ukraine military mission: new poll
Anglophones, males and Canadians living in Alberta and the prairies all polled more than 50 per cent in support of the mission, while half of those surveyed from Quebec and in lower income groups disapproved.
Craig Lord
The Hill Times
20 Apr 2015

Almost half of Canadians approve of the Canadian Forces’ latest mission to the Ukraine, while 40 per cent disapprove, according to a Forum Research poll released today.

The mission has divided Canadians across regions and demographics, according to the poll. Anglophones, males and Canadians living in Alberta and the prairies all polled more than 50 per cent in support of the mission, while half of those surveyed from Quebec and in lower income groups disapproved.

The most substantial divide is along party lines. Seventy-four per cent of federal Conservative Party supporters were in favour of the mission while half of federal Liberal and NDP voters were in support. The poll surveyed 1,365 Canadian voters and is accurate to within three percentage points 19 times out of 20.

“There’s a huge difference between how Conservative voters feel about this than everyone else,” Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff told The Hill Times.

He said the Ukrainian mission has become a wedge issue for the governing party.

“The differences are so stark. Those who support this overwhelmingly are voting Conservative. Those who don’t, that’s being spread out amongst the four other parties,” he said, noting that if the numbers stay the way they are, the Conservatives may see a boost at the polls in the coming election. With 1.2 million people in the Ukrainian-Canadian community, it’s part of what Mr. Bozinoff sees as a strategy to accumulate support from smaller communities across Canada.

“In other parts of the country, where the Tories are presumably fishing for votes, this is popular,” he said. “They’re not going to be bested by the other four parties in that.”

Derek Fraser, former Canadian ambassador to Ukraine, told The Hill Times that the government may have been ineffective in communicating the reasons for military involvement in the Ukraine to the rest of Canada, resulting in fragmented support for the mission

“The government speaks of a mission to defend Ukraine, but it doesn’t go into details. And it doesn’t say why one should be helping the Ukrainians,” he said. “There are serious issues at stake in Ukraine and the extent of the seriousness of these issues is generally not understood by the public. … The message appeals to people who are aware of the situation more than it does who people who don’t know about it.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) announced on April 14 that the government would provide military resources to train Ukrainian forces and help them with capacity building. Canada will deploy 200 soldiers to Ukraine until March 31, 2017, to help with training on explosive ordnance and improvised explosive device disposal, in addition to military police, medical, flight safety and logistics system modernization training.

“Canada continues to stand with the people of Ukraine in the face of the Putin regime’s ongoing aggression. The Canadian military contribution being announced today will help Ukrainian forces personnel to better defend their country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Mr. Harper said in a statement announcing the mission.

NDP national defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s East, Nfld.) said it’s too soon to say whether this mission deserves support. He criticized the government’s lack of details regarding the mission announced last week.

“We don’t really have answers from the government about exactly where they’re going to be and what they’re going to be doing,” he told The Hill Times. “We have vague assurances that most of them will be very, very far away from any action. Most? Well what about the others that are not part of the most… There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered.”

The NDP will withhold their support of the mission until the party’s questions are addressed, he said.

“We want to see this Cabinet bring it before the House, have a significant debate about it, answer questions that need to be answered before we can support a mission of this nature. That’s what Parliament is for.”

The Forum poll also indicated a growing distaste for military missions by the Canadian Forces.

“Our polling has been showing the appeal of these military adventures waning among voters as they go on. This new one has entered the charts at a lower level of approval than either the mission to Iraq or the extension to Syria did,” Mr. Bozinoff said.

Initial polling of the mission against ISIL in Iraq received 66 per cent support from Canadians. Support has since dropped to only 39 per cent for the Iraq mission and 32 per cent for the mission in Syria.

“Support is usually highest right at the beginning for these military missions,” Mr. Bozinoff said, noting that missions lacking a clear victory objective, and that span for periods longer than intended, usually drop in public support. “With military missions, when you go in, that’s as high as you’re going to get.”

The implications of home-grown terrorism and threats to personal security may have raised the initial support for missions against ISIL, Mr. Bozinoff said, but that public approval has waned significantly.

Mr. Bozinoff said that the vivid imagery of ISIL beheadings and the immediacy of the attack on Parliament Hill last fall also contributed to higher support in Iraq. The lack of these conditions in the Ukrainian mission and the rising levels of the Canadian Forces’ international involvement may have lead to a less emphatic initial public response, he said.
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2015/04/20/almost-half-of-canadians-support-ukraine-military-mission-new-poll/41864
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Colin P on April 21, 2015, 11:15:31
I suspect most of the training will be in basic section tactics, hasty defenses and a larger focus on basic officer skill sets. I suppose also they dredge up basic radio discipline stuff from the Cold War, although I suspect much of what we learned in Afghanistan will not be applicable. 
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: toughenough on April 21, 2015, 12:31:41
The Ukrainians, like the Afghans, have put few resources into training or equipping their forces with new gear since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. They are badly in need of help in almost every area.
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/russian-infiltration-of-ukrainian-military-complicates-canadian-training-mission

91? Sounds like a lot of their kit will be newer than ours  >:D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Technoviking on April 21, 2015, 12:46:08
I'm  not sure which armies you belong to, but our doctrine and training is entirely applicable to the situation in Ukraine.  It's the hybrid war your dad told you about. There are conventional ops in Donbass, and the IED threat is ubiquitous.
The level of training is mentioned in the release: EOD  and IED disposal. I highly doubt that they will be going there to teach basic section tactics.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Colin P on April 21, 2015, 16:29:16
My dad was a medic in the  Air Force, on the west coast so his war was not like this.  I did not see in the video or the news article about focus only on IED and EOD, I will take your word for it. From my read, basic tactics, basic officer training, radio discipline is lacking at the lower end. The higher end lacks organizational, logistical planning and basic moral responsibility for the troops under their command.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 21, 2015, 16:56:49
A quick reminder from the PMO's info-machine (http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/04/14/pm-announces-new-canadian-military-contribution-ukraine):
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.... CAF members will be deployed on both a sustained and periodic basis depending on the type of training being conducted. Their activities will include explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal training, military police training, medical training, flight safety training, and logistics system modernization training. Canada will also be providing individual and unit tactics training to Ukrainian National Guard personnel along with the United States ....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 24, 2015, 07:26:00
The latest on Canada's training mission (http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/national/details.asp?c=80290):
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It will be the middle of summer at the earliest before the Canadian military fields its military training mission to Ukraine, which is likely to play out against a backdrop of escalating violence in breakaway eastern regions.

Canadian soldiers will also hit the ground just as the Harper government prepares to do electoral battle on the campaign trail at home in advance of an Oct. 19 vote.

The plan to send 200 troops for nearly two years to help strengthen the Ukrainian Army was announced with much political fanfare in mid-April, yet specifics on how the two-year mission will unfold have yet to be worked out.

A planning team sent to iron out the plans arrived only recently, and it could very well be August by the time the contingent is in place, said a senior defence source, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss details publicly.

Lauren Armstrong, a spokeswoman for Defence Minister Jason Kenney, would only say that "reconnaissance work is ongoing and the training of Ukrainian military personnel will begin later this summer." ....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: kelsauce on June 24, 2015, 09:23:42
I'd like this Jack Harris fella to know that most of us actually want to be doing something. You don't need to be concerned for us, we WANT to be deployed.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 25, 2015, 07:14:52
(Sorta) Reforger 2015 (http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Canada+contributes+larger+presence+Europe/11165112/story.html)?
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Canada will send 1,650 soldiers to Europe this fall to take part in NATO's largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday at a ministers' meeting at the alliance headquarters in Belgium.

(....)

Operation Trident Juncture, which is to be held between late September and early November in Spain, Portugal and Italy, will involve more than 25,000 troops. Canada's contribution of 1,650 troops will include air, sea and land elements as well as special forces, Kenney said ....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 25, 2015, 20:46:35
This, from Ukrainian media in Russian (http://bit.ly/1QRKnaE) - Google English translation below:
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Canada is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not act alone - Defense Minister

Canada will create five specialized training missions for the Ukrainian military.

Canada is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not act alone - Defense Minister

Canadian Defense Minister Jason Kenney said that his country is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not operate without the support of NATO allies.

He said on the sidelines of the meeting of the NATO in Ukraine, the correspondent LB.ua.

"With regard to the provision of lethal weapons, our Prime Minister (Stephen Harper - Ed.) states that all options on the table, but we do not act alone. We need a consensus on this issue among the other countries (NATO) to follow along this path together, "- he said.

In addition, he said that, in addition to the core mission of 200 military trainers that Canada would send to Ukraine, will create five small specialized training missions, which will include the training of police and military aerial reconnaissance, medical training as well as training in bomb disposal devices.

The minister also recalled that last year, Canada has provided Ukrainian military tens of tons of military equipment, including night vision goggles and a first-class winter ammunition. He also said that in the future Canada will consider providing further Ukraine non-kinetic equipment.

Kenny also recalled that, following the visit of the President of Petro Poroshenko to Ottawa in September 2014, Kanda gives Ukraine a satellite support. "We provide very useful to Ukraine satellite data about the situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border, helping to track the movement of Russian troops," - he said.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 26, 2015, 07:29:05
This, from Ukrainian media in Russian (http://bit.ly/1QRKnaE) - Google English translation below:
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Canada is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not act alone - Defense Minister
(....)
Meanwhile, a different message to Canadian media (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/kenney-says-canada-doesnt-have-the-right-weapons-to-give-ukraines-army/article25116785/) ....
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Hinting at how close Canada has come to providing lethal aid to Ukraine in its war against Russian-backed separatists, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday that he recently ordered a military inventory to determine what weapons Canada could send to the Ukrainian army, if it chose to do so.

The answer that came back was: not much.
 
Until now, the official reason Canada has hesitated to arm Kiev has been concern that such a move could inflame the conflict in the east of the country. Mr. Kenney revealed that another hurdle is the Canadian military doesn’t have appropriate weapons to give.

“We do not have surplus military kit sitting around in our storehouses that we can ship over to Ukraine. I actually had our military do an inventory of possible equipment, just to prepare for all eventualities. The conclusion is we just don’t have useful, operable equipment that we could send,” Mr. Kenney said, speaking after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels ....
Soooooo, which is it, then?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 27, 2015, 16:14:06
More of the latest (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=993149) out of UKR from Canada's defence minister:
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Defence Minister Jason Kenney visited Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in Ukraine today. The CAF personnel are observing Ukrainian forces receiving training in order to further refine the training package that Canadians will provide to the Ukrainian military starting later this summer.

Minister Kenney delivered remarks during a joint press conference with Ukrainian Defence Minister Colonel-General  Poltorak at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre.  Minister Kenney  discussed Canada’s  support for Ukraine by sending Canadian Forces personnel to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to defend its sovereignty.

Minister Kenney also announced more than $15 million in additional Canadian support to democracy and institution building in Ukraine on behalf of International Development Minister Christian Paradis.

Quick Facts

    In Yavoriv, Minister Kenney toured the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre, the Ukrainian Army’s training facilities and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Partnership for Peace training centre. Ukrainian Army Commander Lieutenant-General Pavlo Tkachuk, and the Canadian Task Force commander designate Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Guiney, accompanied the Minister.

    Minister Kenney also saw a defensive firefighting demonstration, and had the opportunity to address the CAF personnel and thank them for their contributions.

    A group of approximately 30 CAF personnel are in Ukraine from June 20 to July 4 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre to observe Ukrainian forces receiving training.

    While the main focus of the CAF training to the Ukrainian forces will be on tactical soldier training,  other training includes Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal, military policing, medical treatment, flight safety, and logistics system modernization.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in April 2015 that Canada will deploy CAF personnel to Ukraine until March 31, 2017 to develop and deliver military training and capacity-building programs for Ukrainian forces personnel ....

More from media:



Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 14, 2015, 08:28:13
Off to work, then - this (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2015/09/14/in-khmelnytskyi-oblast-canadian-military-instructors-to-train-ukrainian-eod-specialists/), via the UKR MoD Info-machine ....
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Monday, September 14. KHMELNYTSKYI OBLAST, UKRAINE — The Canadian instructors started training the Ukrainian EOD specialists. The event is organized in the framework of the Technical Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Department of National Defence of the Canadian Armed Forces on military training in Ukraine.

“The Canadian instructors will share their experience and skills with their Ukrainian peers under the NATO standards,” Col. Volodymyr Rodikov, Chief of Mine Clearing Centre, stressed and added “Canada has been supporting Ukraine since the first days of the Russian aggression. We’re grateful for Canadian assistance. It is worth mentioning this training course is very practical for Canadian specialists as well. Our sergeants and officers will share their experience gained during the combat operations in the east of Ukraine.”

Maj. Littlechild, Chief of the Canadian Group, underlined this training course is just a part of actions on military training in Ukraine provided by the Canadian servicemen.

“Our primary task is to share NATO skills and knowledge used during combat operations. We also know the servicemen of the Mine Clearing Centre participate in ISAF, peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Iraq, Kosovo and Liberia. Surely, we would like to know about their practical experience in the east of Ukraine, too” Maj. Littlechild stated.

Moreover, the Canadian instructors brought up-to-date equipment with them for training and presentation for the Mine Clearing Centre.
More photos in linked article.

- edited to add link - DOHHHHH!!!! -
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 15, 2015, 08:37:29
A bit more of an update (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2015/09/14/canadian-instructors-to-share-their-experience-with-ukrainian-servicemen/) via the UKR MoD Info-machine:
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The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi Land Forces Academy hosted the official opening ceremony of the Joint Canadian-Ukrainian Training Course for Ukrainian servicemen.

“For the first time in the history of the Ukrainian Armed Forces we have this long-term training program for land forces. The Ukrainian future instructors will learn the combat experience of their Canadian peers,” Col. Ihor Slisarchuk, Chief of the Centre, stated.

Foreign instructors are representatives of different specializations.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: PuckChaser on September 15, 2015, 09:13:24
Did someone forget to tell the RCAF guy it was dress down Friday in Ukraine? He's the only one in DEU...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Dimsum on September 15, 2015, 11:15:02
Did someone forget to tell the RCAF guy it was dress down Friday in Ukraine? He's the only one in DEU...

Ha!  The first (and probably only) time the RCAF out-does the Army in random dress bits and bobs.   ;)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Dolphin_Hunter on September 15, 2015, 11:47:47
This picture is a good example of how good our Camo pattern is.   He blends in nicely with the landscaping.

Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Dimsum on September 15, 2015, 12:12:38
This picture is a good example of how good our Camo pattern is.   He blends in nicely with the landscaping.

Why is he giving a British-Army style open hand salute? 

Why is this the first thing that pops into my head as I see that photo?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: George Wallace on September 15, 2015, 12:15:18
Why is he giving a British-Army style open hand salute? 


He is an officer.  They are notorious for sloppy salutes.   >:D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 15, 2015, 13:14:34
Why is he giving a British-Army style open hand salute? 

Why is this the first thing that pops into my head as I see that photo?
You're not alone - that's one reason why I posted it  >:D

This picture is a good example of how good our Camo pattern is.   He blends in nicely with the landscaping.
That's the other ....  ;D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on September 15, 2015, 16:16:22
anyone notice that in that photo of everyone formed up, not one has a name tape on
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 15, 2015, 17:52:55
anyone notice that in that photo of everyone formed up, not one has a name tape on
Except for what appears to be the boss.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: MCG on September 15, 2015, 19:59:32
The guy with the bad salute and US Army style EOD patch also has a name.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on October 08, 2015, 19:11:19
A few photos from the Canadians training the Ukrainians in Lviv, courtesy of the UKR Info-machine (source (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2015/10/08/na-lvivshhini-rozpochavsya-aktivnij-etap-pidgotovki-ukrainskih-vijskovih-pidrozdiliv-u-ramkah-spilnogo-navchannya-zs-ukraini-ta-kanadi--/), in Ukrainian)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on October 09, 2015, 07:47:16
A few photos from the Canadians training the Ukrainians in Lviv, courtesy of the UKR Info-machine (source (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2015/10/08/na-lvivshhini-rozpochavsya-aktivnij-etap-pidgotovki-ukrainskih-vijskovih-pidrozdiliv-u-ramkah-spilnogo-navchannya-zs-ukraini-ta-kanadi--/), in Ukrainian)
And here's the Info-machine's official English version (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2015/10/09/active-phase-of-training-of-ukrainian-military-units-within-joint-canadian-ukrainian-exercise-kicks-off/):
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The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the National Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi Land Forces Academy hosts the joint Canadian-Ukrainian exercise.

The Ukrainian soldiers undergo training according to the Canadian standards. The qualified Canadian experts along with the instructors of the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre share their experience and knowledge with Ukrainian soldiers. Soldiers learn how to act on the battlefield, render first aid, identify and neutralize IED, enhance their skills, etc.

This training of ATO experience servicemen will last two months.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 02, 2015, 07:17:58
What some Canadian MP's are up to (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2015/11/02/canadian-instructors-train-ukrainian-law-enforcement-service-servicemen/) (via the UKR Info-machine) ....
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The Canadian instructors of military police give courses for representatives of the Ukrainian Law Enforcement Service.

“In Canada, we have military, federal and municipal policies co-existing together. Each police has a right to conduct a pre-trial investigation. The military police is the best in it,” Lt. Col. Martin Laflamme, Commander of Land Forces Military Police, Canadian Armed Forces of Ukraine, stressed.

The Canadian officer believes that the Ukrainian military police have to cooperate with the similar European structures. Ukraine is the European state and should have consistent and integrated procedures.

Cooperation with Canadian military police means the first signs of cooperation with military law enforcement structures of the world. The USA, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, and Ireland plan to launch cooperation with Ukraine in experience exchange, joint exercises and formation of joint data bases, etc.
Attached photos also from the UKR Ministry of Defence.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 02, 2015, 13:40:39
MOAR Canadian help/instruction!  This (http://bit.ly/1k5eDAM), in Ukrainian, from the UKR MoD Info-machine - Google English translation below:
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The representative of Canada launched the course "Management of defense resources" at the National Defence University of Ukraine
4 hours ago | ID: 14935 | Views: 239

In the framework of international cooperation between Ukraine and Canada for students, researchers and teaching staff National University of Defense of Ukraine began a five-day course "Management of defense resources."

Experts Academy Defence of Canada will introduce participants to the basics of defense economics, defense planning and defense management NATO countries, as well as approaches to recruitment, training, use of armed forces and for defense procurement on the example of Canada, will provide an opportunity to realize that there are advantages in these approaches.

- The problem of crisis management procedures, including sector-level security is quite interesting and relevant. In this context "defense management course" that hold Canadian experts for the Ukrainian side has not only cognitive-theoretical and practical value directly. After all, reliability and efficiency of defense economics, defense planning and force development in general are important issues against the backdrop of war in our country and have a significant impact on the national security of Ukraine, - said the head of National University of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Vasily Telelym.

On the prospects of further cooperation between Ukraine and Canada in the fields of security and defense instructor course called Colonel Ross Fetterli:

- The Ministry of Defence of Canada held a number of reforms in the economy. We hope our experience will be useful for the Ukrainian side, and during the constructive dialogue we will update and deepen their own vision and understanding of the current geopolitical and military-political situation in the world.

It should be noted that the new and improved course was the third event of this level, which is carried out in close cooperation, representatives of the National Defence University of Ukraine and the Academy of Canadian defense.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 12, 2015, 03:57:00
How the troops spent Remembrance Day in Ukraine (with UKR's Deputy Minister of Defence - a politician, not a bureaucrat like DM's are here - dropping by) - Google English translation of this UKR MoD piece in Ukrainian (http://bit.ly/1iWg3vX):
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The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre Canadian military conducted a Memorial Day ceremony for the fallen heroes
Yesterday at 16:23 | ID: 15228 | Views: 408

Today, 11 November, during his working visit to Lviv, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine on European Integration Igor Dolgov took part in the celebration of the Day in memory of the fallen heroes of the Canadian International Peacekeeping and Security National Army Academy named after hetman Sagaydachnogo.

Canadian troops, along with Ukrainian and American comrades minute's silence in memory of those who died in past wars.

Canadian Forces Lt. Jason Guinea (Hiney???) - Commander Canadian unit involved in Ukrainian-Canadian training course of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the ceremony Remembrance Day is very important to Canadians and Canadian army and is conducted every year on November 11 as in Canada and in all corners of the world, where are Canadian citizens.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: Humphrey Bogart on November 13, 2015, 09:43:08
MOAR Canadian help/instruction!  This (http://bit.ly/1k5eDAM), in Ukrainian, from the UKR MoD Info-machine - Google English translation below:

Defence Management!  We should be able to provide the Ukrainians with plenty of examples of WHAT NOT TO DO!
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 13, 2015, 09:58:41
Defence Management!  We should be able to provide the Ukrainians with plenty of examples of WHAT NOT TO DO!
We could serve as a good "Before"?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 29, 2015, 09:28:19
Some engineering help from Canada - this from the UKR Info-machine (http://bit.ly/1NVWPzb) (photos attached) ....
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Saturday, November 28. KAMIANETS-PODILSKYI – The Demining Centre of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hosted an awarding ceremony of Ukrainian EOD specialists who graduated from special course conducted by the Canadian experts. During this ceremony Mr. Roman Vashchuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, passed the demining equipment to the Ukrainian servicemen. “Today, we do not give a weapon, we give the equipment for ‘disarmament’,” Mr. Roman Vashchuk stressed. “These are safety facilities for civil population and servicemen. It is a material manifestation of our friendship, our solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Col. Serhiy Zubarevskyi, Acting Chief of the Centre, on behalf of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine and the Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, thanked the Ambassador of Canada for support and equipment provided, “the Canadian people show us their support in our struggle for existence, demonstrate their strong stance for democracy”. The ceremony participants observed a minute of silence for the Holodomor victims. Canada passed three TALON systems, fifteen EOD9 suits, and three telescopic manipulators. The ATO troops will receive this equipment soon.
More (http://bit.ly/1OxRa58) from Global Affairs Canada's Info-machine:
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The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, (on 28 Nov) announced that explosive ordnance disposal equipment has been transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in western Ukraine. This non-lethal equipment ‎will enable the Ukrainian Armed Forces to safely dispose of unexploded ammunition, such as artillery shells, thereby contributing to the safety and security of Ukrainians living in the affected regions.

This explosive ordnance disposal equipment has been provided by Global Affairs Canada and will be used during training offered by Canadian Armed Forces experts as part of Operation UNIFIER. A joint initiative by Canada’s Department of National Defence and Global Affairs Canada, Operation UNIFIER supports Ukraine’s efforts to maintain its security, stability and territorial integrity.

This is only one aspect of Canada’s multi-faceted support to Ukraine. Since January 2014, Canada has announced more than $700 million in assistance to respond to the crisis in Ukraine, which has claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people.

As Prime Minister Trudeau told President Putin at the G-20 Antalya Summit, Canada stands with the Ukrainian people and expects Russia to engage fully in the Minsk process. This includes ending its supply and support to insurgents in eastern Ukraine and fully respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada welcomes the initial steps taken by Ukraine to implement the political track of the Minsk agreements and looks forward to the continuation of an inclusive constitutional process.

Canada calls for further progress by all parties in implementing the Minsk agreements, building on steps in the past two months, including in the important area of weapons withdrawal from the Line of Contact. Renewed reports of ceasefire violations in recent weeks are cause for concern. Canada will continue to monitor this situation carefully and respond as necessary, in coordination with partners and allies.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on January 04, 2016, 14:06:44
More on Canadians' work in Ukraine, from the UKR MoD Info-machine (http://bit.ly/1TA5ETK):
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Canadian military instructors handed NATO certificates to Ukrainian sappers upon completion of the Canadian training course for disposal and countering to improvised explosive devices.

On the solemn presentation held at the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mine Clearing Center, head of the Center Colonel Vladimir Rodikov congratulated Ukrainian and Canadian soldiers.

He stressed that during the six months of training and experience exchange more than 40 military sappers graduated from the Mine Clearing Center.

“We learned a lot from our Canadian colleagues, and most importantly, we have made real friends. I am sure that the knowledge and skills acquired during the course will help not only our militaries, but also save lives of hundreds of civilians,” he said.

Colonel Vladimir Rodikov thanked the head of Canadian military trainers Major Littlechild for his understanding, competence and professional approach to the training.

Reference. The next group of instructors of the Armed Forces of Canada will come to the Mine Clearing Center on January 13, 2016. On January 18, they will start to train the next group of Ukrainian military engineers.
Photos courtesy of the UKR MoD.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on January 13, 2016, 15:08:16
... according to the UKR MoD Info-machine (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/01/13/ukrainian-military-engineers-and-canadian-instructors-preparing-to-start-the-next-training-course/):
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Officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mine Clearance Center have held a first meeting with a new rotation of Canadian military instructors, which arrived to Ukraine in order to teach Ukrainian specialists engineer business.

During the meeting, the Centre Chief Colonel Vladimir Rodikov thanked the Canadian colleagues who had fulfilled their mission for cooperation, good organization of training process and deep mutual understanding.

He expressed conviction that the training program for engineers that started in 2015 would continue and improve.

Deputy Mayor of Kamianets-Podilskyi Vadym Savchuk thanked the Canadian militaries for their active participation in public life of the city and presented them with local souvenirs and gifts.

During the meeting, both sides agreed on details of the official opening of the next training course to be held at the Mine Clearing Centre at 9.00, January 18, 2016.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on January 17, 2016, 17:30:23
This (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1028089&tp=1) from the CAF Info-machine:
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Today, Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault assumed command of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) from Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Guiney during a ceremony which took place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine.

As commander of JTF-U, Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault commands approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel. JTF-U includes soldiers conducting training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas such as Small Team training, Counter Improvised Explosive Device training, military police training and medical training ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 15, 2016, 07:02:11
More UKR troops trained in counter-IED by Canadians - original in Ukrainian from the UKR Info-machine (http://bit.ly/1LnZxCV), Google English translation:
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In c. Kamenets six months Canadian military instructors prepared according to NATO standards 70 Ukrainian engineers

Today, March 14, at the Centre de-mining of the Main Directorate of Operational Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kamenetz-Podolsk, hosted another edition of Canadian instructors Ukrainian servicemen who have completed a course of detection, elimination (neutralization) improvised explosive devices.

- This is the fifth issue of highly skilled professionals who are prepared according to NATO standards Canadian instructors. I hope that the friendly cooperation established between our military will continue, and the exchange of experience, especially fighting will contribute to successful implementation tasks, - the head of the Centre for Demining Colonel Vladimir Rodikov.

The officer said that in general, for six months the Canadian military instructors prepared according to NATO standards 70 Ukrainian engineers.

In turn, the commander of Combined Joint Task Forces of Ukraine, Major Canadian Hyuho discontent noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine highly motivated and patriotic.

- Ukrainian officers, sergeants and soldiers with a high degree of responsibility relate to training, seeking to learn new ways and share their knowledge and experience with us - added Hyuho major discontent.

He thanked Colonel Vladimir Rodikovu and all personnel of the Centre for Demining for their support, patience and hospitality. Also, a major Canadian Forces Hyuho discontent commemorative medal presented the best students of Sergei Grushetsky officers.
Title: Re: Ukraine civil unrest and the subsequent Russian invasions/annexations/Lebensraum
Post by: milnews.ca on March 16, 2016, 12:15:13
1)  Lotsa UKR MoD Info-machine coverage of defence minister Sajjan's visit - some Info-machine pix attached ...

2)  Foreign minister Dion's statement (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1040689) on the anniversary of the "little green men" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_green_men_%28Ukrainian_crisis%29) taking over Crimea:
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“This month marks the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion and illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

“Russian occupation and aggression has led to human rights violations, including unlawful seizure of property, harassment and restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. Self-proclaimed ‘authorities’ use force and intimidation to foster a climate of intolerance where residents who express views contrary to those of Russia face discrimination and persecution.

“Canada is deeply concerned about this situation. Russia is displaying a blatant disregard for international law, including the European Convention on Human Rights. Russia’s actions continue to undermine peace and security in the region.

“Canada stands united with our international partners in support of Ukraine. We will continue working with partners to put pressure on Russia to honour its international commitments and obligations with respect to human rights and to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Title: OP UNIFIER medal
Post by: slayer14 on April 19, 2016, 17:53:33
Hello, does anyone know what the troops on OP UNIFIER in Ukraine will receive for a medal? I would assume the SSM NATO similar to the guys on OP REASSURANCE?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 24, 2016, 08:51:10
From the UKR Info-machine (in Ukrainian (http://bit.ly/1XPAauN), and in Google English (http://bit.ly/1SrHsBv)):
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With the support of Canadian partners to train military engineers in Khmelnitsky region opened a modern form of combating improvised explosive devices

April 22 at the territory of the Training Center complex operational demining of the Main Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kamenetz-Podolsk in Khmelnitsky region, with the participation of Ukrainian and Canadian military training class was opened for training of detection, elimination (neutralization) improvised explosive devices.

The costs for design, equipment and rigging class completely took over the Canadian side. The total project cost amounted to about 1.5 mln. UAH (~CDN $75,000).

The purpose of modern classrooms, which can simultaneously accommodate up to 40 people, is to provide training Ukrainian experts on countering IEDs by the NATO standards.

Head of the Centre for Demining Colonel Vladimir Rodikov thanked foreign colleagues for contribution to the development of logistics Center, and recalled that the first time Canadian soldiers help center. In late 2015, the use of the Centre de-mining equipment was transferred more than 2.5 mln. US dollars.
Title: Re: OP UNIFIER medal
Post by: MMSS on May 04, 2016, 04:09:29
released 25 April:


UNCLAS CANFORGEN 073/16 CMP 037/16
SIC WAC
SUBJECT: RECOGNITION - OPS REASSURANCE AND UNIFIER BILINGUAL MESSAGE/MESSAGE BILINGUE
REFS.: A. CANFORGEN 118/15 CMP 054/15 301812Z JUN 15, PARA 1.F.
B. FRAG O 001 TO CDS DIRECTIVE - OP REASSURANCE, 26 FEB 16 1. AT REF B, THE CDS DIRECTED THE EXPLORATION OF AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO SERVE ON THE TWO OPERATIONS IN RELATION TO EASTERN EUROPE, NAMELY OPERATION REASSURANCE AND OPERATION UNIFIER 2. THE ALTERNATIVE FORM OF RECOGNITION WOULD REPLACE THE NATO BAR TO THE SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL (SSM-NATO) ANNOUNCED AT REFERENCE A WHICH WAS LIMITED TO THE NATO-LED ELEMENTS OF OPERATION REASSURANCE 3. THE MATTER WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THE CF HONOURS POLICY COMMITTEE AND THE OUTCOME PRESENTED AT AFC IN THE NEAR FUTURE 4. ALL APPLICATIONS MADE FOR THE SSM-NATO BASED ON OP REASSURANCE SVC HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW. NO NEW APPLICATION BASED ON THIS SVC WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW IS ANNOUNCED 5. FOLLOWING THE RESULT OF THE REVIEW, UNITS MAY HAVE TO MAKE NEW APPLICATION FOR THEIR ELIGIBLE MBRS. IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT TO KEEP ACCURATE AND COMPLETE RECORDS OF ALL PERS WHO DEPLOY TO PARTICIPATE IN OR PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO THE SUBJ OPS TO FACILITATE APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on May 14, 2016, 06:34:57
UKR media interview (http://bit.ly/1Ww9P8n) w/Op UNIFIER's boss (text also attached in case link doesn't work), shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-19.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault
The Joint Task Force-Ukraine Commander of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s training mission in Ukraine

07.05.2016 14:06

Our training mission in Ukraine is a mutually beneficial project, Canadians have much to learn from Ukrainians

The last two years have shown that Canada is one of the closest friends of Ukraine even despite huge distance between two countries. It is consistently ranked as one of the top three countries in the world in terms of the amount of assistance to Ukraine. Though regarding the speed of response to critical requests of Kyiv, Canada is probably the world champion. However, in addition to valuable financial and material resources, such as soft loans, tens of thousands of military footwear and uniforms, means for demining, goggles, night vision devices, mobile hospitals and lots of other very useful equipment, Canada also conveys its priceless experience. Thus, for more than 6 months around 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been training Ukrainian soldiers at International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi and Demining Centre in Kamyanets-Podilsky.

Ukrinform had an exclusive opportunity to interview the Joint Task ForceUkraine Commander of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s training mission in Ukraine Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault.

TRAINING IS CONSTANTLY ADAPTED TO THE NEEDS OF THE FRONTLINE

Canadian military training mission in Ukraine has undergone one rotation already. Have you changed your training course since previous group left Ukraine?

Of course  the training  is adjusted to theneeds of Ukrainian partners. Compared to how our programme was build before - it has certainly evolved.We are maintaining contacts with Ukrainian soldiers who have been trained here so that they can provide us with lessons learned and we then adapt our training to their needs.

Do you hear back how useful your training is on a real battlefield?

Yes. We are currently completing our second training block. Few weeks ago we had an opportunity to meet with the leadership of the battalion that was here on a first block.They were able to give us a lot of feedback on the training that they’ve received here and how useful it was for them. It was a great talk that helped us update our programme.

Does Ukrainian training mission differ from other similar Canadian missions abroad?

This mission is a little different for us. For example, when we were doing training in Afghanistan, we were starting from zero with military forces that were essentially civilians joining new military units. Whereas here in Ukraine the soldiers are experienced, many of them have already been to combat, in a lot of cases they have experience that’s very different from ours. It is a mutually beneficial mission. We are trying to show Ukrainian soldiers how to do their work differently, offer them diverse options and try to improve proficiency. At the same time we are very open to learning new lessons from them as well.

What exactly can Canadian soldiers learn from Ukrainian counterparts?

Ukrainian army is different from Canadian in many different ways. While we are able to teach such skills as the marksmanship, junior leadership, navigation techniques or first aid, lessons that Ukrainian soldiers bring back are as well important. Canada hasn’t experienced the kind of operationsUAF are currently conducting and thatknowjedgde is very useful to us.

PATRIOTISM AND PROFESSIONALISM OF UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS ARE IMPRESSIVE

You are training Ukrainian soldiers to better use their own weapons, but how can you combine Canadian Western tactics and Ukrainian mainly Soviet equipment?


The equipment actually isn’t really an important factor when we talk about interoperability.Canada has many allies, whichuse different types of equipment that we don’t necessarily have. Where it becomes very important is to be able to talk and plan together. but this crucial factor is not equipment related. There are no real issues regarding differences in equipment.

Have you already formed your own opinion about Ukrainian military personnel?

Ever since we got here in Ukraine, I was quick to notice that Ukrainian culture is very similar to our,we share same values. Two things that have struck me the most are the strong patriotism and professionalism of Ukrainian soldiers that we’ve been working with. They are very good and they want to be even better! They are also very proud and truly appreciate the training that we provide. In the short period of time that we’ve been training,Ukrainian soldiers quicklymade a significant progress.

What are the strongest sides of Ukrainian soldiers?

They are very physically strong and have a high morale, even though they’ve been serving for a certain amount of time already. Young Ukrainians have a very strong leadership and a lot of potential. I would say, that’s probably their biggest strength and that’s what we are trying to build on.

OUR CONTRACTS WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES WORTH $4 MLN

Did you have a chance to communicate with locals? How do they react on the presence of Canadian military?


There are a lot of contacts with local population. Recently we did a fundraising activity for the Dzherelo rehabilitation centre in Lviv:soldiers raised money, went to the centre and donated for the children.We are trying to show the community that we are here to support Ukraine. In the end that’s what Canada wants to show Ukraine. Also most of our sustainment is based on local contract system so we invest significant amount of money in the local economy to run our mission. As of today we’ve signed contracts with local businesses worth of around $4 mln.

Do you have people of Ukrainian descent in your team? Do they feel anything special about this mission?

Yes, we do have some Ukrainian descendants. Their language skills arevery useful for our mission. So it is good to have them with us. They also provide advices on cultural issues: the differences between our Christmases or Easters and things like that.

There are more than 200 CAF personnel in Starychi and Kamyanets-Podilsky. Is it enough to perform necessary tasks?

I would say it is, because even very few people are able to make a significant difference. To use the example of something that really pays of is our first day training when we had only 5 Canadians, who trained over 250 Ukrainians. Overall even with a very small number of personnel we are able to organize training process efficiently.

UKRAINIAN TROOPS SHOW PROGRESS EVERY SINGLE DAY

Do you only train personnel or do you also give your advice on the reform of UAF?


We do provide advice but at the tactical level. In particular here, in Starychiwe offered our views on howtraining centre can be further developed. We currently don’t have any senior advisers doing institutional development, which is addressed at the strategic or governmental level. All advices we provide are on the level of a leadership we work with on a daily basis.

Can you see the differences in the level of initial training of Ukrainian soldiers? Is there a unit that is markedly better prepared than others?

I’m not able to point the unitthat is better prepared. But I can tell you, that there is a tangible difference on proficiency and overall performance from when students arrive to when they leave. That is very encouraging for our personnel.

What is your opinion on Ukrainian military motorised vehicles?

BMP-2 was a very interesting piece of equipment to me because it was something that we would study inschool and not necessarily see in person. It is very interesting for us, Canadian soldiers to train with the equipment that we have here. What attracts me the most though is how good Ukrainian soldiers are at maintaining theirequipment.It has been around for some time but is still in perfect working conditions thanks to the way soldiers are maintaining it.

There are also military personnel from the UK and the US doing training in Ukraine at the moment. How do you divide your duties?

We are all working under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Commission. Every few months there are meetings where coordination happens at that level, but we all stay in contact almost on a daily basis to better do our job. Thecooperation is very good. We stand united for Ukraine, and it is important to have that typeof an approach if you want to make a difference in the country.

BASIC SKILLS IN FIRST AID SHOULD BE IMPROVED

Except of what your team is currently teaching Ukrainians, what additional knowledge are they lacking?


The point that we message the most with the senior leadership in Ukrainian army is the necessity to developjunior leadership, empower them and delegate responsibilities that are kept on a very high level here. We are trying to show Ukrainians that if they want to have military that is interoperable with Western armies, they have to delegate those responsibilities to lower levels and trust their junior leadership. It is really important to move forward.

There are quite a few volunteer  organisations in Ukraine that provide a medical military training. Do soldiers that are coming to the training camp now have more knowledge on that matter than their predecessors?

Generally speaking the basic knowledge in first aid is very low. The most problematic though are the equipment and the means to evacuate wounded that are often not available to Ukrainian soldiers. But still they leave our hands much more skilled.

Do you still provide your students with individual medical kits?

Yes, every single Ukrainian soldier that has been trained by Canadian medic receives a first aid kit. And it is exactly the same as our own individual medical kits.

Do you take into consideration crucial differences in logistics between Canadian and Ukrainian military? What is possible in Canada not always can be done in Ukraine.

Yes, absolutely, but Canadian military is small and sometimes has to deal with what is available. So we are able to give different option to Ukrainian partners based on the equipment that is available to them.

What does Canadian Armed Forces personnel feel about their job in Ukraine?

Canadian soldiers are really proud to work in Ukraine. We don’t feel we are not at home even despite the distance. Ukrainians are great hosts, they’ve been very hospitable. By participation in this mission we are helping to developmodernised and capable Ukrainian forces and we are seeingthe real results in that respect. Overall, it is a fantastic mission and a great experience for us.

Maksym Nalyvaiko, Ottawa.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 16, 2016, 20:10:31
Canada's Army boss drops by - this (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/06/16/commander-of-canadian-army-praises-training-of-ukrainian-military-at-international-peacekeeping-and-security-centre/), from the UKR MoD Info-machine (also here (http://web.archive.org/web/20160616230704/http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/06/16/commander-of-canadian-army-praises-training-of-ukrainian-military-at-international-peacekeeping-and-security-centre/) if previous link doesn't work):
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The Canadian military delegation led by Lt. Gen. M. Hainse, Commander of Canadian Army, visited the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the National Land Forces Academy.

During a joint briefing, Lt. Gen. Pavlo Tkachuk, Chief of National Land Forces Academy, told about the prospects of the Centre development. He expressed his gratitude to Lt. Gen. M. Hainse and the Canadian contingent for their contribution to professional training of the Ukrainian servicemen and comprehensive support to Ukraine.

The parties discussed the further plans concerning training of the Ukrainian units and cooperation in other spheres. Then, Commander Hainse met with the Canadian servicemen and toured the training field where the drills were undergoing. Particularly, a unit of one mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under leadership of the Canadian instructors demonstrated skills while moving in the face of the enemy and offensive capability.

Commander of Canadian Army praised their actions, wished to continue efficient cooperation as the experience gained by the Ukrainian soldiers in the east of Ukraine was valuable for Canadian army.
Info-machine photos also attached.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Journeyman on June 16, 2016, 23:07:39
Canada's Army boss .....Info-machine photos also attached.
(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Farmy.ca%2Fforums%2Findex.php%3Faction%3Ddlattach%3Btopic%3D118575.0%3Battach%3D51134%3Bimage&hash=1955b4c0c8c65b36d5eefa20422db876)

Ooohh.....TWO sleeves worth of badges on his CADPAT. 

Staff effort and defence spending at its finest.     :not-again:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Bird_Gunner45 on June 17, 2016, 00:27:43
(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Farmy.ca%2Fforums%2Findex.php%3Faction%3Ddlattach%3Btopic%3D118575.0%3Battach%3D51134%3Bimage&hash=1955b4c0c8c65b36d5eefa20422db876)

Ooohh.....TWO sleeves worth of badges on his CADPAT. 

Staff effort and defence spending at its finest.     :not-again:

It does answer everyone's questions of what is allowed to be attached to the sleeves...

I'm more surprised that they were able to find that many 5 CMBG guys without beards.....
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on June 17, 2016, 00:36:40
It does answer everyone's questions of what is allowed to be attached to the sleeves...

I'm more surprised that they were able to find that many 5 CMBG guys without beards.....

Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Bzzliteyr on June 17, 2016, 01:37:59
Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?

YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF HIM!!
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on June 17, 2016, 01:47:56
I am going to save this picture and wear as many patches as I can now, I mean if a Lt. General can do it, why can't I? (insert raging RSM here)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 17, 2016, 08:15:21
I am going to save this picture and wear as many patches as I can now, I mean if a Lt. General can do it, why can't I? (insert raging RSM here)
My work here is done ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: PuckChaser on June 17, 2016, 08:15:55
Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Rheostatic on June 17, 2016, 10:55:05
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty
Look closely, there's a big Army patch below that.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on June 17, 2016, 10:59:04
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kingwood.com%2Fimages%2Fagile%2F31556_image.jpg&hash=0e1c29ac9cca5acb1c075c90ae1d67d6)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Colin P on June 17, 2016, 11:06:17
God all those patches just looks goofy
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 17, 2016, 12:10:33
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.   :nod:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Journeyman on June 17, 2016, 12:14:25
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.   :nod:
   :facepalm:   Now you've done it.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Humphrey Bogart on June 17, 2016, 12:28:16
I wouldn't really care about the badges If they weren't so hideous looking.  The Brits wear jump wings and commando badges on their uniforms but the badges look a lot better. 
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on June 17, 2016, 12:29:38
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.   :nod:

I'd vote for this one   >:D

Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Journeyman on June 17, 2016, 12:32:09
I'd vote for this one   >:D
No doubt.    :geek:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on July 08, 2016, 21:08:00
From the UKR MoD Info-machine (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/07/08/canadian-trainers-issue-nato-certificates-to-14-ukrainian-servicemen/):
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The Canadian trainers issued NATO certificates to 14 Ukrainian servicemen graduated from the basic counter-IED training course. Now these servicemen are certified trainers.

According to the Canadian party, this course was organized to increase the professional level of the Ukrainian demining specialists.

Totally, the Canadian trainers have already trained 103 Ukrainian specialists under the NATO standards since September 2015.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on July 11, 2016, 11:23:14
Sooooooooooo, which is it going to be, then?
:pop:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on July 22, 2016, 21:19:21
From the UKR MoD Info-machine:  UKR troops getting training from Cdn medics (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/07/21/canadian-medical-instructors-train-ukrainian-medical-personnel/) ...
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Thursday, July 21. KYIV — The Canadian medical instructors are delivering a training course for about 20 Ukrainian military candidates, who will become medical instructors after their graduation.

“This is the second course. We used to deliver it for soldiers and trained them to render medical care under fire. Then we decided to train instructors,” Mr Gualtier, Chief Course Instructor, told.

The course consists of two parts. First week — CFAE. Students are trained to render medical aid under the NATO standards. Second week — Instructors Training (TTT+). Medical specialists are trained under the ‘Train the Trainer’ principle.

The graduates will pass exams, receive appropriate certificates and be given individual first aid kits (IFAK).
... and MP's (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/07/21/canadian-military-police-instructors-deliver-training-course-for-ukrainian-military-law-enforcement-service-specialists/):
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A group of the Ukrainian servicemen has been undergoing two-week training course delivered by the Canadian Military Police instructors. This course is conducted in the framework of agreements between Main Directorate of the Ukraine’s Military Law Enforcement Service and Defence Attaché Office at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.

“This is a Course for servicemen of Military Law Enforcement Service on pre-trial investigation. We teach our students to keep a diary, then to plan actions at the scene. At the end, we train them how to conduct interviews with witnesses and suspects,” Maj. Paul Mellema, Course Manager, told.

Currently, 20 students are undergoing this training delivered by the qualified and experienced Canadian instructors. The graduates will pass exams and receive certificates.
Some pix attached - note the UKR info-machine seems to be leaving imagery of Cdn tps out of the latest batch of pix.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on July 22, 2016, 23:03:18
From the UKR MoD Info-machine:  UKR troops getting training from Cdn medics (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/07/21/canadian-medical-instructors-train-ukrainian-medical-personnel/) ...... and MP's (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/07/21/canadian-military-police-instructors-deliver-training-course-for-ukrainian-military-law-enforcement-service-specialists/):Some pix attached - note the UKR info-machine seems to be leaving imagery of Cdn tps out of the latest batch of pix.

Well aren't they a happy bunch.   :D
Title: Cdn MPs teach UKR tps about use of force
Post by: milnews.ca on August 02, 2016, 16:30:33
From the UKR Info-machine (original in Ukraininan (http://bit.ly/2aL5AUj) - Google English below (http://bit.ly/2aL5dsU)):
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Instructors Military Police Army Forces soldiers teach Canadian Forces GSP Ukraine

In Kiev, the opening ceremony of the next course "use of force". Courses that are conducted by instructors from the Military Police of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Canada held for military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

During the course of the military police will study dosed use of force and military police to proceed during a patrol and perform other tasks.

During the opening ceremony the sides discussed prospects of further cooperation and possibilities for opening new courses for military personnel Military Police in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Representatives of the Military Police Army Forces of Canada and disciplinary battalion brig Central Office GSP.

Edited to add:  some new faces inbound (http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/canadian-troops-leaving-edmonton-for-ukraine-as-part-of-operation-unifier) ...
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Soldiers from Edmonton’s 3rd Canadian Division are readying for deployment to Ukraine.

About 30 military personnel — including some from CFB Shilo, Man. — will fly out of Edmonton International Airport on Thursday as part of Operation UNIFIER, a joint support mission between United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

This week’s deployment is part of an ongoing federal government commitment announced in 2015 for around 200 Canadian Armed Forces members in Ukraine until March 31, 2017 ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 03, 2016, 18:56:38
Demining training, done - more from the UKR MoD Info-machine (in Ukrainian (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2016/08/03/kanadski-vijskovi-saperi-drugoi-rotaczii-zavershili-svoyu-semimisyachnu-misiyu-u-czentri-rozminuvannya--/) - in Google English (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=uk&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mil.gov.ua%2Fnews%2F2016%2F08%2F03%2Fkanadski-vijskovi-saperi-drugoi-rotaczii-zavershili-svoyu-semimisyachnu-misiyu-u-czentri-rozminuvannya--%2F&edit-text=)):
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Canadian military engineers of the second rotation completed their seven-month mission at the Center for Demining

In Kamenetz-Podolsk military Demining Center of the Main Directorate of Operational Support Forces of Ukraine said goodbye to the staff of the Joint Task Force of the Armed Forces of Canada, which under the second rotation from January to August this year taught Ukrainian counterparts to counter improvised explosive devices by the standards NATO.

During the meeting the Ukrainian and Canadian engineers deputy head of the Center demining colonel Oleg Gavrilyuk thanked the commander of Major Hyuho discontent and his team for their understanding, competence and professional approach to the training of counter improvised explosive devices.

- Collaborate Ukrainian and Canadian colleagues will always be pleasant memories in the hearts of every soldier Centre clearance, because for seven months in Kamenetz-Podolsk foreign guests became real friends to us - said Lt. Col. Oleg Gavrilyuk.

In turn, major Hyuho discontent thanked the personnel of the Centre for Demining warm and inviting meeting and noted that the visit to Ukraine personally he left unforgettable positive impression as a state Ukraine in general and on average Ukrainian particular.

Finally soldiers exchanged souvenirs and gifts and a token of friendship between Canada and Ukraine planted seedlings of trees, symbols of the two countries - maple and viburnum.

For 8 August Demining Center will begin its work next personnel - military engineers third rotation Canadian Forces.
Some UKR Info-machine pix attached.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 09, 2016, 13:49:43
An American media piece (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-08-02/training-ukraine-turning-a-soviet-army-into-a-modern-force) about what they're going through training Ukrainians - a few highlights shared ...
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... conventional weapons are only part of the enemy's arsenal.

Danilo is particularly concerned with enemy propaganda, which has made liberating towns during his previous deployments that much more difficult. His countrymen, who have only been exposed to pro-Russian TV for months, now require convincing that defeating the separatists represents a victory.

The pro-Russian forces, believed to be backed by Moscow directly, have perfected other 21st century warfighting techniques that make their infantry movements that much more effective. Troops here say they are harassed with "reverse text messages," prompting them to lay down their arms and quit. Their enemy has also integrated drones into its fighting formations, using them to identify targets like Danilo and his men, and firing artillery much more accurately ...
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... Ukraine's soldiers now mirror their Western counterparts who teach, for example, that all soldiers require first-aid training, not just the medics, to improve their chances of surviving a firefight. The trainers here also try to instill authority in these front-line troops, empowering experienced sergeants and young officers to take command and adapt to problems, not simply accept the orders of faraway generals as Soviet tradition dictated.

The change is tough, and not always accepted. Four out of 5 soldiers here have some sort of combat experience, and some, such as the Ukrainian army airborne troops in the last class of trainees, believe their elite status doesn't require further instruction from Western teachers. Others see the need for reforming their fighting doctrine, particularly younger troops who did not grow up during the height of Soviet control of Ukraine.

U.S. Army instructors on this day focus on new techniques to teach new maneuvers that won't make Ukrainian formations as vulnerable to the kinds of Russian-style attacks they've faced since fighting began in 2014. They're learning not to bunch up behind the armored fighting vehicle their officers command when taking enemy fire, but instead to spread out and employ coordinated maneuvers to cover one another as they move closer to the enemy targets and destroy them ...
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... The 25-year army veteran was also quick to point out how much he and his comrades were able to teach the Americans, who haven't focused on tank warfare following 15 years of counterinsurgency fights in the Middle East. Balkovnic also boasts his army is the only one that has fought the Russians on the ground in decades, and he's offered insights to his American counterparts on the kind of fighting he's experienced – namely drone and electronic warfare ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 09, 2016, 15:25:07
Welcome to the new boss! (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do;jsessionid=1ff20cd530139154794d91b45bd27b27d622e2e7aa0397fabd4193ff3276b162.e38RbhaLb3qNe3eKbN10?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1109239)
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The new commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U), Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault today during a ceremony at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine.

As commander of JTF-U, Lieutenant-Colonel Niven commands approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with the mission to conduct training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas such as Small Team training, which consists of individual weapons training; marksmanship; communication; survival; and ethics training ...
(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.canadiandefencereview.com%2FUserFiles%2FImage%2F2016_images%2FAK51-2016-066-01.JPG&hash=9bb9dece6c35231ee872604f44fe443d)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Cloud Cover on August 09, 2016, 22:51:43
Nope! there is a Canadian medic standing on the far right, using the Ukraine medic ( :nod:) as cover.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Colin P on August 10, 2016, 11:34:29
I have to wonder from the political spectrum if the Canadian-Ukrainian connection is far less important to the Liberals than it was to to the CPC. As I recall most of the significant population of Ukrainian descendants is out west. If so I wonder how that will factor into support for this mission? 
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 10, 2016, 11:43:52
I have to wonder from the political spectrum if the Canadian-Ukrainian connection is far less important to the Liberals than it was to to the CPC. As I recall most of the significant population of Ukrainian descendants is out west. If so I wonder how that will factor into support for this mission?
Good question.  The Conservative link may have also been, in part, an anti-Communist affinity.  My spidey sense says the Ukrainian vote/lobby out west is still not insignificant - and still mostly anti-Soviet (now, anti-Russian).  Prince Valiant also has at least one person with a strong UKR history in Cabinet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrystia_Freeland).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 12, 2016, 20:33:08
This from the UKR MoD Info-machine (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/09/12/canadian-royal-air-force-experts-to-train-ukraines-air-force-personnel-in-flight-safety/):
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In Lviv Canadian Royal Air Force experts held talks with the Ukrainian party concerning training of Ukraine’s Air Force personnel in flight safety. They will give two courses.

The expectations of the Ukrainian military from this course are to learn new ICAO principles and methods for flight safety.

In its turn, the Canadian party expressed hope to develop fruitful cooperation with Ukraine.
Interesting the civvies on (what I'm guessing are) the Canadians.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dolphin_Hunter on September 12, 2016, 21:35:56
Is that Putin's brother?
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 13, 2016, 22:12:45
More on the CF medics @ work in UKR, via the CAF Info-machine (http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/news/article.page?doc=operation-unifier-medical-staff-hit-the-ground-running/isvdjsjp) ...
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Barely unpacked, Joint Task Force-Ukraine medical staff began mentoring Ukrainian instructors in mid-August as they conducted their first Combat First Aid (CFA) course. The course was entirely taught by the Ukrainian Armed Forces instructors, who were  well-trained by the outgoing Operation UNIFIER medical personnel.

After a busy handover with the out-going medical team, the newly arrived medical staff from 1 Field Ambulance at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton moved forward with an open mind.

“I was very impressed with the level of performance and instruction,” said a Master Corporal Medical Technician and trainer at the conclusion of Ukrainian-led Combat First Aid training. “Our Ukrainian instructor colleagues, as well as the course candidates, far exceeded expectations.”

The course was divided into segments that included theoretical (classroom-based) instruction, demonstrations of technique from the Ukrainian instructors, practical sessions where candidates demonstrated their understanding of material, and skill stations designed to perfect key techniques.

The Ukrainian instructors arrived the day before classes started. This gave the Canadian medical mentors time to review expectations and provide the Ukrainians an opportunity to refine their skills and ask any last minute questions prior to beginning instruction the next morning. This was the first opportunity for Ukrainian instructors to deliver a complete CFA course to their Ukrainian Armed Forces colleagues, and they stepped up to the plate in a big way.

The course consisted of thirty-six candidates with diverse backgrounds and military experience levels, ranging from seasoned veterans with front-line experience, to new recruits with as little as nine months of total military experience. All of the candidates were enthusiastic and eager to learn the course material; their pride showed when they were congratulated by the Operation UNIFIER Task Force Commander, Task Force Sergeant-Major, and Task Force Surgeon upon graduation.

“I think the success of a Ukrainian-led CFA course marks an important milestone in the progression of Operation UNIFIER,” said Major Carlo Rossi, Operation UNIFIER, Task Force Surgeon. “These courses are a strong indicator of the mission’s success-to-date, and are the way forward for our medical training here.”

The inaugural course complete, Operation UNIFIER medical staff are now on to the next challenge: they will be mentoring the next CFA serial being delivered to Ukrainian Combat Engineers by Ukrainian instructors.
Photo credit for attached pix:  Joint Task Force Ukraine
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 19, 2016, 22:07:55
It appears the anti-UKR info-machine is shooting out a bit more Canadian content ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: cavalryman on September 19, 2016, 22:59:15
It appears the anti-UKR info-machine is shooting out a bit more Canadian content ...
  • 9 Sept 2016:  "11 Canadian Mercenaries Go Home in Bodybags After “Master Class” in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2cXVi2T) -- A master-class of “maple leaves” in the fight against militias ended in disaster. A group of at least 20 people (three reconnaissance groups) from the Canadian forces CANSOFCOM tried to attack the militia positions in the area of the Ukrainian punisher operation.  It ended in disaster for them. The operation was under development without the involvement of the Ukrainian fighters for the demonstration of a “master-class of fighting against terrorists”.  Those responsible were from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The military attache of Canada in Ukraine Colonel Ron Ubbens was in charge of the matter. All this, of course, is unofficial ..." - original article in Russian here (http://bit.ly/2d3IkiQ)
  • 19 Sept 2016:  "Canadian Instructors Train UAF Fighters for Urban Combat in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2cEfQks) -- LPR reconnaissance has found that instructors from Canada are deployed with Ukrainian servicemen near the contact line in Donbass. This was said by the official representative of the LPR militia Andrey Marochko. According to him, the Canadian military work with the Kiev Armed Forces in combat tactics in an urban environment.  “According to our intelligence, in the area of the settlement Schastia, the 2nd division of the 28th battalion Guard Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces are being trained for combat in an urban environment under the leadership of Canadian instructors,” said Marochko ..." - original article in Russian here (http://bit.ly/2cDojAQ)

Hey, I'm glad to see Baghdad Bob got himself a new gig.  Always liked the guy's over the top shtick.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 20, 2016, 07:41:27
Hey, I'm glad to see Baghdad Bob got himself a new gig.  Always liked the guy's over the top shtick.
</Boris Badinov accent>I am being here all week -- try the perogies ...</Boris Badinov accent>
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on October 08, 2016, 16:12:34
Some of the latest (http://bit.ly/2dAfmto) from the UKR military info-machine ...
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Canadian instructors conduct First Educational Methodological Course ‘Training of Junior Leaders’ at Demining Centre

The Canadian instructors conducted the First Educational Methodological Course ‘Training of Junior Leaders’ for non-commissioned officers at the Demining Centre, Kamianets-Podilskyi.

During three weeks junior leaders gained knowledge and skills to train subordinates under the NATO standards. A lot of attention was paid to develop teaching, communication and leadership skills of future instructors.

The chief of the centre thanked the Canadian colleagues for cooperation, professionalism and creativity.
More pix viewable as part of the linked article.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on October 13, 2016, 21:47:32
More from the UKR Info-machine, this time on Canadians continuing to help train MP's (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/10/12/canadian-instructors-already-trained-260-representatives-of-military-law-enforcement-service/) and Canadians helping teach EOD folk (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/10/13/ukrainian-eod-specialists-receive-international-certificates-from-canadian-instructors/).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on October 31, 2016, 12:12:37
Not strictly part of op UNIFIER, but word of a few Canadians & allies getting about UKR -- from the UKR General Staff's FB page (https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStaff.ua/posts/677702575732336) (Google translated from Ukrainian)...
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The inspection team from Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark and the Netherlands under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Colonel Francois Kasso* met with the command of the 93-th separate Guards Mechanized Brigade Kharkiv ...
A few photos ...
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/14859840_544154872447974_79393137280425369_o.jpg)
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/14608901_544154775781317_9195360767258262680_o.jpg)
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/14608890_544154769114651_2962056464430651996_o.jpg)

* - Likely the result of a transliteration/misspelling of LCOL Casault's last name (Arty guy, less-than-ideal beret, middle photo), from Canada's SJS Arms Control Verification (https://twitter.com/sjsacv) folks - more on some of their previous work here (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=932869) and here (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=844319).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on October 31, 2016, 15:39:08
Looks like someone needs to work on forming his beret
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on October 31, 2016, 17:34:45
Looks like someone needs to work on forming his beret
I was being polite when I called it less-than-ideal  ;D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 01, 2016, 10:41:37
An update from the CAF Info-machine (http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/news-publications/national-news-details-no-menu.page?doc=canadian-army-training-ukrainian-military-police-at-operation-unifier/iutm5h8a):
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A Canadian Army officer says efforts to bring the Armed Forces of Ukraine up to speed on NATO military policing practices as part of Operation UNIFIER (Op UNIFIER) have been a great success.

Op UNIFIER is the name of Canada’s contribution to an ongoing multinational training mission that is building capacity in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Canadian troops have been on the ground there since the summer of 2015 as Joint Task Force-Ukraine, sharing their expertise in a wide range of soldiering skills.

Major Greg Losier recently returned to his position at the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre in Kingston, Ontario after spending several weeks leading a team charged with training Ukrainian troops in various aspects of military policing.

In the following interview, Maj Losier discusses the challenges of the task, the enthusiasm of both his team and the trainees, and the role of the international military policing family ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 07, 2016, 20:24:47
From the UKR MoD Info-machine (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/11/07/maple-arch-2016-kicks-off-in-ukraine/) ...
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Maple Arch 2016 kicks off in Ukraine

The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre hosted an opening ceremony of Maple Arch 2016 exercise. Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Canada delegated more than 200 soldiers for participation in it.

“Maple Arch 2016 multinational exercise strengthens cooperation and interaction with Polish, Lithuanian, and Canadian Armed Forces. Ukrainian soldiers have valuable combat experience and are ready to share it with military partners. I am sure the joint efforts will be efficient and successful,” Lt.Col. Ihor Skybyuk, Ukrainian co-director of the exercise, stressed.

Military maneuvers will last about two weeks.

“Ongoing global situation and situation in eastern Europe requires these exercises, as national security can be ensured thanks to participation in collective security. Trained, combat-ready military component is the most important condition to observe international law and execute international treaties. Participation in Maple Arch contributes to formation of guarantees and hence we demonstrate our readiness to respond to crisis, hybrid threats, train multinational components and national elements of defence system,” Col. Volodymyr Shvorak, Commander of 80th separate assault airborne brigade participating in this exercise, said.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 08, 2016, 15:38:29
And now, the CAF Info-machine's version of the Maple Arch 2016 announcement (http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/news-publications/national-news-details-no-menu.page?doc=exercise-maple-arch-16-fostering-international-military-relations-in-eastern-europe/iv3fd1yb) ...
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The opening ceremony for Exercise MAPLE ARCH 16 (MA16) was held today at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC) in YAVORIV, located near LVIV, Ukraine.  Approximately 200 military personnel from Canada, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania gathered on the parade square to mark the beginning of the exercise as their national flags were raised to the sound of their countries’ national anthems.

The NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) exercise MAPLE ARCH (MA) is a series of annual joint exercises that have been traditionally hosted on a rotational basis between Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine under NATO’s PfP program.

Exercise MAPLE ARCH 16 is a 10-day command post exercise (CPX) focussed on combat, peacekeeping and stability operations to ensure a safe and secure environment within an identified operating area. This year’s exercise will be conducted from 7 Nov - 18 Nov 2016 in Ukraine.

In addition to the activities related to the MA16 scenario, the Canadian Contingent will also participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony along with their brothers and sisters in arms from Op Unifier, Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance.

Quick Facts

    DND/CAF has been supporting EX MA through the Military Training Cooperation Program since planning for the first exercise began in 1994, in accordance with the Program’s Treasury Board mandate to enhance PSO interoperability among Canada’s partners and achieve influence in areas of strategic interest to Canada.
    The MAPLE ARCH series provides an opportunity for the Canadian Army (CA) to foster international military relations through the conduct of a multinational exercise; enhance interoperability among troop contributing nations using common SOPs, the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) and the Operational Planning Process (OPP); and promote collective competence and confidence.

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“MAPLE ARCH 16 will allow participating nations to build and maintain effective working relationships with friends and allies to better prepare for the challenging global security environment in which we operate.”

LCol John Woodgate, Commander Canadian Component, MAPLE ARCH 16
A few more pix the UKR Info-machine missed attached as well (source (https://www.facebook.com/ExMA16/photos/?tab=album&album_id=660157700825500)).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 10, 2016, 08:44:27
Mo' on Maple Arch via the UKR Info-machine (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/11/09/maple-arch-2016-exercise-participants-begin-planning-and-decision-making-process/) ...
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Maple Arch 2016: Exercise participants begin planning and decision-making process

In the framework of the Maple Arch 2016 Ukrainian, Polish, and Lithuanian servicemen led by Canadian instructors begin planning and decision-making process.

Staff officers from Ukrainian Assault Airborne Battalion, Lithuanian Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Polish 5th Podhale Riflemen, Air Defence, Combat Logistical, Engineer and Headquarters Battalions have worked tirelessly on the analysis of the higher HQ mission.

“We understood the Multinational Brigade Commander’s intent, did research on our area of responsibility and began developing options for the Ukrainian Airborne Battalion operation. This is a challenging task and it requires efforts and experience in the field of NATO procedures. We employ these practices with the mentorship of the Canadian instructors. I am sure, that after participating in this Exercise my subordinate staff will be better prepared to execute overseas operations” explained Major Oleh Balias, Ukrainian Airborne Battalion Commander.

According to Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov, the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade Deputy Commander, MAPLE ARCH 16 will allow the troops to develop their professionalism, sharpen their skills and develop a common vision on operational processes among the LITPOLUKRBRIG affiliated units. Joint training brings an opportunity for participating nations to learn about their partners’ best techniques in conducting Crisis Response. This knowledge transfer will contribute to building long-lasting relationships and build trust among participants.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 15, 2016, 07:37:42
Remembrance Day in Ukraine, via the Pentagon Info-machine (photo credit: Spc. John Onuoha, U.S. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs) ...

Bottom photo (3 saluting) caption: 
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"YAVORIV, Ukraine - Leaders of the allied nations with the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, salute fallen Soldiers during Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony here, November 11, 2016. From left to right are Col. Nick Ducich, commander of JMTG-U, Polish Lt. Col. Dariusz Czekaj, Lithuanian Lt. Col. Eligijus Senulis. Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed by the Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. JMTG-U focuses on building a sustainable and enduring training capacity and capability within the Ukrainian land forces."
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on November 18, 2016, 19:59:52
From the UKR Info-machine (Google Translate version quoted, original in Ukrainian here (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2016/11/18/na-lvivshhini-zavershilosya-mizhnarodne-vijskove-navchannya-klenova-arka-2016/)) - highlights mine:
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In Lviv completed international military exercises "Maple Arch 2016"

Today, on November 18 in Lviv, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre completed a multinational command post exercise "Maple Arch 2016". Maneuvers, which lasted about two weeks, took place under the mentoring of Canadian instructors with the participation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland.

Ukraine was represented on training soldiers landing-assault battalion 80 th separate Landing and Assault Brigade Airborne Forces of Ukraine, part of the dowry departments Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade. According to the Principal Investigator exercises on the Ukrainian side Skybyuka colonel Igor, Ukrainian paratroopers, the whole process of planning and decision making was by the Euro-Atlantic processes.

- It is important to note that the staff structure landing-assault battalion was adapted according to the structure of NATO. The area where the events unfolded command and staff training - specific region of the state. This was done to ensure that our troops have the opportunity to "attached" to the ground and could more realistic and detailed work - said Lt. Col. Igor Skybyuk.

During the exercise, bringing together more than two hundred armiytsiv the four countries was coordinated and synchronized procedures to ensure order and further tasks dowry to the multinational brigade Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian battalions. Also, soldiers improved their practical skills during stabilization and peacekeeping operations.

As the co-education of Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John Woodgate, scenario of military maneuvers developed by the Canadian military experts, was dynamic, realistic and challenging.

- During the exercises were created opportunities for soldiers from different countries to collaborate, learn and share experiences. Scenario studies meet the threats and challenges that are most typical for modern armed conflicts worldwide. We are satisfied with the results that had been achieved by all participants of training - said Lieutenant Colonel John Woodgate.

In celebration of the completion of the international military exercises came the military high-ranking individuals from participating countries, including the commander of land forces of Lithuania Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupshis, commander LYTPOLUKRBRYH Colonel of the Armed Forces of Poland Zenon Bzhushko, commander of the 5th Division of the Armed Forces of Canada Brigadier General Charles Tyuren and commander 80 th separate landing and assault brigade Airborne Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Vladimir Shvorak.

The guests visited the command post deployed Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade, who performs under the direction of Deputy Commander Colonel Vladimir LYTPOLUKRBRYH Yudanov. They also attended the briefing, the commander of the landing-assault battalion, Major Oleg Balyasa, inspected the work of other sections and departments involved and responsible for organizing and conducting training, talked to the participants of the "Maple Arch 2016".

During the closing ceremony of multinational military exercises best were awarded memorable.
Photos from the Info-machine attached.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: George Wallace on November 19, 2016, 13:15:00
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1156899

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fforces.gc.ca%2Fassets%2FFORCES_Internet%2Fimages%2Fnews-release-gcsite%2F2016%2F11-18-re16-2016-0411-002.jpg&hash=30c00a02961abe9a4c24dfc52917cf8f)

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News Release - Successful Conclusion of NATO Partnership for Peace Exercise MAPLE ARCH 16

November 18, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 200 military personnel from Canada, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania successfully completed Exercise MAPLE ARCH 16 (MA 16), a 10-day command post exercise which took place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, located near Lviv, Ukraine, from November 7 to 18, 2016. 

Exercise MA 16 focused on peace support and stability operations, where partner countries studied NATO procedures and tested the coordination, fluency, and effectiveness of their cooperation. The training event provided an opportunity for the Canadian Army to foster international military relations by enabling Ukraine’s participation in a multinational exercise.

Additionally, MA 16 enhanced interoperability among troop-contributing nations and promoted collective competence and confidence.

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“The support of the Canadian Armed Forces to Ukraine’s participation in Exercise MAPLE ARCH is an excellent opportunity. Training and learning together ensures we can act as a cohesive team when working collectively to provide peace support and stability operations on an international stage.”

– Lieutenant-Colonel John Woodgate, Commander, Canadian Component, Exercise MAPLE ARCH 16


Quick Facts

  • The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have been supporting Ukraine’s participation in Exercise MAPLE ARCH through the Military Training Cooperation Program since planning for the first exercise began in 1994. Part of the mandate of this Program is to enhance peace support operations interoperability among Canada’s partners.

  • Exercise MAPLE ARCH continues to further enhance the excellent working relationship Canada has with Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine regarding key aspects of peace support operations.

  • Through its support to Ukraine’s participation in Exercise MAPLE ARCH, the Canadian Army demonstrates its commitment to promoting global security and maintaining transatlantic partnerships by providing modern, deployable capabilities and highly trained personnel to allied and partner efforts.

  • The Canadian Army holds teamwork and interoperability as key tenets, and recognizes that it must support and seamlessly integrate with its allies and partners. This interoperability is contingent on unit and brigade level training, which is exemplified during Exercise MAPLE ARCH.
Title: CAF CDS visits UKR
Post by: milnews.ca on December 22, 2016, 08:34:14
CDS drops by (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/12/21/chief-of-defence-staff-of-canada-on-visit-to-lviv-oblast/) (via UKR MoD info-machine)...
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Chief of Defence Staff of Canada Colonel General Jonathan Vance arrived to Ukraine with official visit to inspect the training mission (JMTG-U) conducted at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Lviv oblast.

He discussed with the Ukrainian officials the prospects of the Canadian-Ukrainian defence cooperation.

At the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre General Vance will meet with Canadian instructors training the Ukrainian military.

In July 2016 the Canadian Chief of Defence visited Ukraine and held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart General of the Army of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Eye In The Sky on December 22, 2016, 11:07:33
Nice boots.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on December 22, 2016, 11:36:07
Actually EITS, the first thing that popped in my mind was "At least, the UKR generals know how to dress properly for international GO's meetings."

Sorry! It's my Navy bias showing, I know, but ... it's a classroom/base setting and you are meeting with your foreign equivalent. Put a friggin suit on, man. \RANT OFF
Title: Tory Def Critic calls for mo' Op UNIFIER help
Post by: milnews.ca on December 31, 2016, 15:34:09
According to this story (http://bit.ly/2hAcLOx) (Ukrainian media, in Russian), MP James Bezan is quoted saying, "We need to extend the operation Unifier, to 200 instructors and more trained Ukrainian military and logistical support provided to them."

Some English-language coverage of his comments (looking like they were made to a Ukrainian media correspondent) ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Chris Pook on January 14, 2017, 19:45:28
1 CER standing with the Lithuanians to repel Putin's Hordes.  If only they had been in the Ardennes 78 years ago.

Any of you know a Sgt Tyler Doyle? (Don't answer that.)



http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/753554/NATO-Putin-Russia-tanks-armoured-troops-eastern-Europe-war-west

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"NATO releases guide of how to stop a TANK as US military gears up for war against Putin

NATO has released a DIY video of how to stop a tank as Eastern Europe welcomes troops and an armoured brigade in a bid to quell Russian aggression.

By REBECCA FLOOD
PUBLISHED: 11:01, Sat, Jan 14, 2017
   
The organisation released the clip on its official YouTube page, entitled ‘how to stop a tank using felled trees’.

In the footage, a group of Canadian and NATO engineers explain the ancient method, which dates back to Roman times.

Called Abatis, felling large trees using explosives or chainsaws is used to block a tank’s path.

Smaller branches are sliced into spikes to make their removal near impossible, creating an impassable obstacle.

The organisation released the clip on its official YouTube page

Tanks are either forced to find a way around, delaying its progress, or the technique can be used to trap the armoured vehicle and launch a counter-strike.

Filmed last year in Lithuania during training exercise Iron Sword 2016, Sergeant Tyler Doyle, from the First Combat Engineer Regiment in the Canadian Army, said the method was as effective now as hundreds of years ago.

He says: “The idea behind this is to close the route and deny it to the enemy to be able to use it and move forward so we use explosives to blow down the trees basically in a tangled web, so it’s difficult for them to come after and try and remove these logs.

“It’s very effective if done right. It is still an effective tool in modern warfare when done correctly.”

It comes as the US sent hundreds of tanks, trucks and a host of other military equipment to Europe, to be transported to the eastern reaches where the nations exist in the looming shadow of Russia.

Some 4,000 US troops are also being deployed to take part in NATO exercises, some due to take take place at the end of the month in Poland.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on January 15, 2017, 17:08:43
Good question (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ukraine-canada-military-mission-clarity-ambassador-1.3936843) ...
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Ukraine's envoy says his government is growing concerned about whether Canada will continue its military support to help the country deter Russian aggression.

The mission is set to expire at the end of March.

But with thousands of U.S. troops arriving in Poland and neighbouring countries to bolster NATO forces, Ukraine — not a NATO member — is anxious to see an extension of Canada's commitment to it.

"It has taken us much longer than we expected to discuss the future format of our co-operation," Andriy Shevchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, said in an interview. "We still don't have a formal response from Canada."

A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered no further clarification on Friday, saying in an email: "The announcement will come after cabinet has made a decision."

Shevchenko suggested Canada might be more carefully weighing its military contributions to the West's deterrence of Russia in eastern Europe in light of its upcoming responsibilities in Latvia.

The sooner a decision is made, he said, the sooner it will serve its purpose as deterrence to Russia.

"It could also be a very important signal to Russia," he said. "Those people who sit in the Kremlin and plan their other terrible activities in Ukraine, the sooner they learn that the West and Canada is serious about future co-operation, the better it is." ...
From a few weeks back (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ukraine-training-mission-extension-1.3882729) (6 Dec 2016) ...
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The Liberal government signalled to its allies that it is prepared to extend Canada's military training mission in Ukraine, CBC News has learned.

A series of senior Ukrainian government officials visited Ottawa over the last few weeks, warning of the dangers of warming frosty relations with Russia.

But they have also lobbied for renewed Canadian assistance beyond March 2017, when the current deployment is set to expire.

Several sources, with knowledge of the file who could not speak publicly, said there is a clear intention for Canada to remain, but the size, scope and composition of the force is yet to be determined and the federal cabinet has yet to give its blessing ...
:pop:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: beachdown on January 16, 2017, 09:23:26
Ahahaha...you cheeky sod  ;D
Nice boots.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Halifax Tar on January 17, 2017, 09:44:27
Just saw this:

UNCLAS
CANFORGEN CMP 004/17
SECTION 1 OF 2
SUBJ: RECOGNITION FOR OPERATION REASSURANCE AND OPERATION UNIFIER
REFS: A. CANFORGEN 073/16 CMP 076/16 251912Z APR 16
B. CANFORGEN 003/09 CMP 002/09 081950Z JAN 09
C. CANFORGEN 096/09 CMP 042/09 201315Z MAY 09
1. FURTHER TO REF A, AFC HAS DETERMINED THAT THE USE OF THE EXISTING
NATO AND EXPEDTION BARS TO THE SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL IS THE MOST
APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY METHOD TO RECOGNIZE SERVICE WITH OPS
REASSURANCE AND UNIFIER RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE CDS HAS DIRECTED
THE CF HONOURS POLICY COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT A HOLISTIC REVIEW OF THE
SERVICE RECOGNITION FRAMEWORK AND INTENDS TO RECOMMEND TO THE
GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES THAT THE TIME CRITERIA FOR CERTAIN MEDALS BE
AMENDED IN DUE COURSE
2. CONSEQUENTLY, AFC HAS APPROVED THE ADDITION OF THE FOL SERVICE TO
THE ELIGIBILITY LISTS FOR CERTAIN CAMPAIGN AND SERVICE MEDALS, AS



PAGE 2 RCCLHBF2018 UNCLAS CANFORGEN
FOLLOWS:
A. SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-NATO (SSM-NATO):

(1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO CAMPIA TURZII, ROMANIA,
LITHUANIA AND SPANGDAHLEM AIRBASE IN GERMANY AS PART OF THE AIR TASK
FORCE (ATF), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE NATO BALTIC AIR PATROL
(BAP), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR

(2) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO EASTERN AND CENTRAL
EUROPE AS PART OF THE LAND TASK FORCE (LTF), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP
REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR

(3) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO SERVED ONBOARD HMC SHIPS IN THE
MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS UNDER NATO SNMG2, SINCE 29 APRIL 2014
(OP REASSURANCE), PROVIDED THE SERVICE IS NOT COUNTED TOWARDS A NATO
MEDAL. NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR. ONLY TIME SPENT UNDER NATO COMMAND IS
ELIGIBLE - TRANSIT TIME DOES NOT COUNT. SERVICE UNDER NATO OPS
ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR AND SEA GUARDIAN COUNTS TOWARDS THE APPROPRIATE
NATO MEDALS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED NUMERALS AND NOT FOR THE SSM-NATO

(4) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO FORWARD LOGISTICS SITES (FLS)
IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF HMC SHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS
UNDER NATO SNMG2 (WHEN THE SHIPS ARE NOT UNDER OPS ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR
OR SEA GUARDIAN), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO
MULTIPLYING FACTOR

(5) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS IN LATVIA AS PART OR IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF
THE ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE (EFP) BATTLEGROUP LATVIA, SINCE 22 APR
2017 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR

B.SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-EXPEDITION (SSM-EXP):

(1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO UKRAINE TO PROVIDE
MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES, SINCE 13 JUNE
2015 (OP UNIFIER)

3. FULL CRITERIA AS WELL AS COMPLETE ELIGIBILITY LISTS MAY BE FOUND
ON THE DH R WEB SITE AT http://HTTP://FORCES.GC.CA/EN/HONOURS-HISTORY-
MEDALS-CHART/MEDALS-CHART-INDEX.PAGE

4. GIVEN THE TIME THAT HAS ELAPSED SINCE REF A AND TO ENSURE THE
MEDALS WILL BE SENT TO THE RECIPIENT S CURRENT UNIT IN A TIMELY
MANNER, ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THE SSM-NATO BASED ON OP REASSURANCE
SERVICE SUBMITTED BEFORE THE PROMULGATION OF REF A HAVE BEEN
CANCELLED AND UNITS SHALL MAKE NEW APPLICATIONS FOR THEIR ELIGIBLE
PERS IAW REFS B AND C
END OF ENGLISH TEXT /
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 02, 2017, 09:16:00
Meanwhile (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/minister-hints-sending-more-help-185033140.html) ...
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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the federal government is concerned about a new outbreak of fighting in Ukraine and is looking at ways to "improve" Canada's military support to the country.

"I'm looking at the options right now in terms of how we can improve our support, what changes that we need to make," Sajjan said Wednesday.

"But one thing is for sure, that Canada remains committed to Ukraine."

Government forces and Russian-backed rebels have traded heavy fire in eastern Ukraine over the last few days, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens more.

The surge in violence is threatening to overturn a ceasefire in the three-year-old civil war that has been repeatedly broken by both sides, but is still seen as the best chance for peace.

It also comes amid uncertainty over U.S. intentions in the region, including whether it will continue to stand with Ukraine given President Donald Trump's comments about mending relations with Russia.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces after Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting separatist forces in Ukraine's Donbass region.

The mission, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toured during a visit to the country in July, has so far resulted in 2,600 Ukrainian troops being trained primarily in the basic soldiering.

But the mission is set to expire at the end of March and the Liberal government had been non-committal on an extension despite public appeals from the Ukrainian government.

Sajjan's comments, coming a few weeks after the British extended their own training mission, are the strongest indication yet that Canada will maintain, and may even expand, its military presence in Ukraine.

"I've always said when we send troops, we want to make sure they have a meaningful impact," Sajjan said. "And we are having a meaningful impact in Ukraine."

Conservative defence critic James Bezan said he hopes the Liberal government not only extends the current training mission, but expands military support in other ways.

That includes providing military equipment to the Ukrainians and satellite imagery, as the previous Conservative government did.

"At some point in time we have to make a decision that Ukraine needs our help," Bezan said ...
Title: Next ROTO prepares to move
Post by: milnews.ca on February 14, 2017, 08:22:23
OP edit to fix link, correct next unit ...

Some of the latest (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/troops-prepare-to-leave-for-ukraine-amid-uncertainty-over-missions-future) from The Canadian Press:
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Some 200 soldiers from Edmonton are preparing to deploy to Ukraine — though with everyone waiting to see whether the mission there will be extended, exactly how long they will be staying is anyone's guess.

Canada, Britain and the United States have had military trainers in Ukraine since the summer of 2015, after Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting separatist forces in Ukraine's Donbass region.

The Canadians have taught about 2,600 Ukrainian troops the basics of soldiering, such as how to use their weapons and move as a unit, plus more advanced skills, such as bomb disposal and medical training.

Ukrainian and Canadian officials say those skills have been desperately needed given the amount of support Russia has provided to the rebels operating in the Donbass.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed close to 10,000 lives since April 2014, and left tens of thousands without homes and struggling to survive.

But Canada's training mission is set to expire at the end of March, and in spite of public appeals from the Ukrainian government, the Liberal government has not decided whether to extend it.

Despite the uncertainty, about 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Lord Strathcona’s Horse are set to leave for Ukraine at the beginning of March — even if it means they only end up staying for a month.

"We are prepared right now to send the next rotation of troops from western Canada to the Ukraine to follow on with the tasks that the previous rotation has been doing," said Brig.-Gen. Simon Hetherington, commander of the 3rd Canadian Division, under which 1 PPCLI falls.

"I understand that the mandate is being reviewed by our government and we're prepared to react in any eventuality, whether that means changing our posture in theatre to embrace new tasks or to reduce the number, if that's what the government asks us to do."

The Edmonton-based soldiers will relieve their counterparts from 2 PPCLI, based out of Shilo, Man., who have been on the ground training Ukrainian forces near the city of Lviv since August ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 15, 2017, 08:06:48
From the CAF Info-machine (http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/news-publications/western-news-details-secondary-menu.page?doc=op-unifier-recycles-while-supporting-a-good-cause/iyg2g4hy):
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Op UNIFIER recycles while supporting a good cause

Article / February 10, 2017
By Capt Stephen Neil, JTF-U Chaplain

In addition to training their Ukrainian counterparts while on Operation UNIFIER, members of Joint Task Force – Ukraine (JTF-U) have been supporting an initiative to provide prosthetic limbs for Ukrainian soldiers.

When Canadian troops in Ukraine recycle their bottles and caps, the monetary value of the weight of the plastic is donated to OBEC, an organization that provides prosthetic limbs.

Caritas is a charitable organization that operates under the auspices of the Ukrainian Catholic church, and part of the current mandate of Caritas is to be a bottle cap delivery depot.

So far, 72 tonnes of plastic has been collected to provide prosthetic limbs for ten Ukrainian soldiers.

This past fall, several members of JTF-U had the opportunity to meet representatives of OBEC, as well as Roman Didera — a veteran who has received a prosthetic limb.

Canadian soldiers appreciate how prosthetic limbs are readily available at home for injured veterans. Realizing that prosthetic limbs aren’t as easily available for Ukrainian veterans has inspired the members of JTF-U to commit to recycling for charity.

The conversation with the Ukrainians also helped members of JTF-U appreciate the wide range of services that are offered to our members and their families. For example, Canadian troops have access to the services of the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), chaplain services both in theatre and on the home front, as well as mental health services.

A poignant takeaway from the meeting was the appreciation of many Ukrainians for the work of JTF-U.

Canadians are helping to make a difference in the lives of Ukrainians who have experienced trauma as a nation at different times in the not-so-distant past.

At the meeting at Caritas, Canadian soldiers could express their support for the sacrifices being made by Ukrainian soldiers.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 20, 2017, 09:01:30
How "editorial triage" can sometimes work ...
Ukrainian defence magazine (https://defence-ua.com/index.php/home-page/2423-ekspert-nazvav-umovy-pohlyblennya-mizhnarodnoho-viyskovoho-spivrobitnytstva-z-ukrayinoyu-video) (in Ukrainian):  "... Canada is working in some areas, but sometimes it happens so that Canadian businesses, unfortunately, can not work comfortably in Ukraine, because we have both corruption component. we have unresolved issues in law and foreign partners simply do not see how to further develop the defense industry in Ukraine, how to organize military-technical cooperation" ..."
Russian military TV channel (http://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201702151003-es21.htm) (in Russian):  "The US and Canada rejected the military cooperation with Ukraine -- US and Canadian companies, previously supplied to Ukraine components for the production of weapons, refused to cooperate. This was stated by the director of information and consulting company Sergey Zgurets Defense Express ..."
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 21, 2017, 10:04:07
Some of the latest (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-set-to-renew-ukraine-military-training-mission-amid-fears-over-trump/article34089127/) ...
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Canada is set to renew a military mission training Ukrainian troops to confront Russia-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine, despite concerns in Kiev over delays in announcing the extension of the program.

The Trudeau cabinet has not yet announced the extension of the two-year-old non-combat mission, dubbed Operation Unifier, which expires on March 31. The silence has sparked worries in Kiev, where the Ukrainian government is anxious for Western reassurance following the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has expressed interest in striking some kind of bargain with Russian President Vladimir Putin that could include lowering U.S. sanctions imposed over Moscow’s role in Ukraine.

“The longer it takes to [extend] the mission, the more our concern is rising,” Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, told The Globe and Mail in an interview at his office in Kiev.

But a senior Canadian government official said Ukraine didn’t need to worry about the future of Operation Unifier, which has seen a rotating contingent of 200 Canadian troops train more than 3,100 Ukrainian soldiers since arriving in the country two years ago.

“Canada understands that Ukraine, and everybody who is a stakeholder and supporter, really wants mission renewal,” the senior official said. “There is nothing unique about going through a mission renewal process and there is absolutely nothing unique about how this one is being done. It is a routine renewal from a government that has been making positive signs.” ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 22, 2017, 07:22:23
Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War petition:  Don't stay in Ukraine, Canada! (https://goo.gl/tJ1tsq)
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Canada's military mission to Ukraine expires in March. For several reasons, it shouldn't be renewed.

First, the present Ukrainian government, installed in a coup orchestrated by Washington, isn't  worthy of our support. According to the BBC, former US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, admitted that the U.S.A. spent $5 billion over a number of years to instigate regime change in Ukraine.

Second, the agents of regime change recruited by Nuland were none other than gangs of thugs from several fascist parties, remnants of the very same Ukrainian fascists allied to Hitler in WW 2. They fought soldiers and police in the main squares of Kiev and other cities.  Canadian veterans might be surprised to learn that the Trudeau government is considering renewing Canada's military mission to a country with the same fascists they fought in WW 2.

Third, the Ukrainian junta immediately implemented divisive policies, such as banning some of the country's most popular political parties as well as the use of the Russian language. It seems logical that Crimea would have been less likely to have voted to leave and rejoin Russia, and Eastern Russian-speaking regions would been much more hesitant to seek independence if a more moderate and tolerant government took office in the proper constitutional methods.

A fourth reason is the reaction of the Ukrainian government to the brutal Odessa massacre of May 2, 2014. On that day, over 40 peaceful anti-government protesters were killed and some 200 injured when pro-government thugs set fire to the Trade Union House in which they had taken shelter. This incident has not been properly investigated and no culprits arrested or punished.

The fifth reason to be against renewal of Canada's military mission is that contrary to the promises made to the last Soviet president, Mikhaill Gorbachev, NATO expansion continued to the east, along with a continuing military build up along its western borders, even bringing in former Soviet republics into NATO. It is understandable why the Russians would think there is an attempt to encircle them, especially now with the possibility of Ukrainian membership in NATO. We should remember that Russia was invaded twice in the twentieth century from the West costing tens of millions of Russian lives and huge devastation. A major war, possibly WW 3, could develop from western war games and aggressive expansion along the Russian frontier and being involved in conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine.It's time that the Trudeau government broke with aggressive Harper-era policies and dealt fairly and diplomatically with the Russian Federation.

For this reason, it would be far wiser for the Trudeau government not to extend the military mission to Ukraine and to pull its troops and equipment out of all the frontier states with Russia. Indeed, Canadians would benefit from cutting ties with NATO altogether and pursuing instead a peaceful, humane, and independent foreign policy.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 22, 2017, 08:15:51
Canada helps train UKR NCO's - this from the UKR info-machine (https://goo.gl/WEqcDb) (in Ukrainian - Google Translation below):
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In 197th Training Center NCO experts Armed Forces of Canada completed a course of training curricula according to NATO standards
Yesterday at 17:37 | ID: 27615 | Views: 215

In 197th NCOs Training Center completed a course of study rules curricula and teaching materials for training military to NATO standards, conducted by specialists of the Armed Forces of Canada.

Courses successfully completed and received certificates of 30 members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including instructors and specialists in curriculum development and teaching materials 197 Training Centre, officers training centers, military colleges sergeants (petty) composition, command some families and troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Centre operational standards for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Acquired for teaching knowledge and skills will be used for implementing the system of education and training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of new approaches to training of personnel that have proven effective in EU member countries.

Participation in the graduation ceremony was the chief officers of the Armed Forces Chief Warrant Ukraine Oleksandr Kosinski and adviser to NATO corps of NCOs and NCO training colonel Rolandas Kishkis.

Office of Public Armed Forces of Ukraine
Pix courtesy of the the UKR MoD Info-machine ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 24, 2017, 08:36:28
Team Blue pushes for lethal aid (https://ipolitics.ca/2017/02/23/tories-slam-normalization-of-canada-russia-relations-urge-lethal-aid/) (highlights mine) - shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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The government must explain how it plans to continue support for Ukraine in light of recent Russian aggression and make a strong show of increasing both humanitarian and lethal aid to Ukrainian soldiers, Conservative MPs said Thursday.

In a press conference Thursday, the Conservative defence and foreign affairs critics called on the government to implement several steps they said would show strong support for Ukraine.

They’re calling on the Trudeau government to: extend and expand the current training mission; restore the provision of satellite imagery to the Ukrainian military; add Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, which would let them buy arms from Canadian companies; provide them with lethal equipment; implement Magnitsky legislation to target corrupt Russian officials; sign and implent the Conservatives’ Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Agreement, and; increase the number of monitors to report on violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreements.

“With the change of ministers from [former] Minister Dion to Minister Freeland, it’s going to be interesting to see whether or not they continue with their normalization of relationships with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation,” said James Bezan, Conservative defence critic. “This is a time to put pressure on the Kremlin, to continue to isolate Putin at the international level.”

Former foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion faced criticism early in 2016 after he said at a University of Ottawa panel on international relations that Canada needed to be guided by “responsible conviction” when it comes to dealing with troublesome countries.

Many in diplomatic circles questioned exactly what that term meant and when, if ever, the new government would be willing to plant its feet and take a firm stand in diplomacy and international relations.

The former Conservative government was widely criticized by some for taking too firm a moral stance on diplomatic files, demanding Russia get out of Crimea and offering unquestioning support for Israel even as the country pursued increased illegal settlements.

Canada’s two-year Ukraine training mission, Operation Unifier, was launched by the Conservatives in 2015 but is set to expire on March 31, 2017.

Despite reports that the government plans to continue its support, there has not yet been a public announcement of plans to extend or expand the current mission, which operates out of the west of the country and far from the eastern borders where repeated and increasingly violent conflicts with Russian-backed separatists have flared.

Ukrainian ambassador Andriy Shevchenko told iPolitics last month that while the signals he has received from Canadian officials give him hope the mission will be renewed, leaving the decision so close to its deadline does little to send a clear and strong signal to Putin of Canada’s support for Ukraine.

“Even as we talk, there are people in the Kremlin who keep planning their activities in Ukraine and in other parts of the world,” he said, citing the need to send a strong deterrent signal to Putin as attacks by pro-Russian separatists intensify on Ukraine’s eastern borders. “We really feel that this public announcement of a continuation of this mission could have happened earlier.”

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ousted Dion from cabinet in January and replaced him with vocal Ukraine supporter Chrystia Freeland, speculation began that she would take a firmer line than Dion when it comes to condemning Russia — particularly given the warm words offered by U.S. President Trump to Putin in recent months.

However, Canada has yet to condemn an American decision to lift sanctions that forbade U.S. technology firms from selling their products to the Russian intelligence agency, and the breaking of an election campaign promise to implement a Magnitsky-type law sanctioning Russian officials was tossed out the window last year.

Peter Kent, Conservative foreign affairs critic, said that the escalation in the conflict over the past two years — particularly in recent months — warrants the provision of lethal aid to Ukrainian soldiers fighting Russian-backed separatists.

The government recently announced it will provide 39 different types of lethal weaponry and equipment to the Kurds for their fight against ISIS militants. The same level of support should be extended to Ukraine, Kent said.

“It’s clear that Vladimir Putin is testing the resolve of Ukraine’s allies,” Kent said, pointing to the pending deployment of Canadian and international troops as part of four NATO batallions in the Baltics aimed at deterring Russian meddling.

“We need to show resolve in Ukraine to discourage anything further.”
Here's a 2 Feb 2017 statement (http://www.peterkent.ca/news/liberals-must-take-concrete-action-and-support-ukraine) Kent & Bezan appear to have issued well before this week's news conference:
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Peter Kent, the Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs, and James Bezan, the Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, today issued the following statement urging Canada’s new Foreign Minister, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, and her colleagues to take concrete action and support Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression:   

“Russian forces continue to illegally occupy Ukraine’s sovereign territory and indiscriminate rebel artillery barrages are driving thousands of civilians from their communities.  As conditions deteriorate, Canada should not hesitate in offering additional support to our Ukrainian allies. While the previous Conservative government was proud to be a world leader in its support for Ukraine, many of our initiatives are set to expire.  We are calling on the Trudeau government to immediately renew and expand Canada’s support for humanitarian and military assistance and reverse the Liberal policy of appeasing the Kremlin and immediately restore the sharing of RADARSAT satellite images with the Government of Ukraine.

“The Canadian Armed Forces’ training mission in Ukraine, Operation UNIFIER, is set to expire at the end of March. For nearly two years, Canadian troops have been providing training in explosive ordnance disposal, flight safety, logistics system modernization, military policing, and medical training. In addition, over the last six months Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, has repeatedly called on Prime Minister Trudeau to extend Canada’s mission beyond March 2017.   He deserves a clear answer.

“The Liberals should also demonstrate their willingness to stand up to the illegal actions of the Putin regime by following through on their election promise to implement sanctions against corrupt foreign officials. The sanctions put in place by our previous Conservative government have been effective and until the illegal occupation and annexation ends, they should be maintained and strengthened.

“In addition, Conservatives have put forward ‘Magnitsky’ style legislation which, if passed, would hold Russia’s corrupt officials, murders and torturers to account. Prime Minister Trudeau’s first Foreign Affairs Minister refused to take a stand.  We urge Minister Freeland to reverse the government’s position and support our Magnitsky Act.

“Canada has long been a steadfast ally and supporter of Ukraine. As their sovereignty continues to be threatened, now is not the time for Canada to hesitate. The Trudeau government must translate their verbal support into concrete action.”
For reference, attached find a timeline of CAN mil aid to UKR under Team Blue, who is now suggesting lethal aid.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 05, 2017, 10:42:11
Some of the latest on Canada's help via CBC.ca (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ukraine-russia-canada-forces-1.3982326) ...
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As the war in Eastern Ukraine grinds on, away from the international headlines, the country's Soviet-era military is struggling to suppress separatist forces backed by a modern, well-resourced Russian machine.

And it is looking to Canada for help.

Both sides in the three-year-old conflict blithely ignore commitments made under the Minsk agreement — the ceasefire plan signed in early 2015 — to keep heavy weapons out of the conflict zone.

The Ukrainians, worried by U.S. President Donald Trump's closeness to Russia and his talk of accepting the annexation of Crimea, have been manoeuvring to win back some areas where they had agreed to remain out.

The combined Russian-separatist side has also upped the tempo of its rocketing and shelling, and still tends to be more effective in using those weapons, thanks to superior command, control and communications.

The Ukrainian side, meanwhile, continues to closely resemble its Soviet predecessor with outmoded uniforms, equipment, organization and training.

Russia's armed forces have been through years of rapid modernization. The effects can be seen among the separatist forces of Luhansk and Donetsk, which include thousands of Russian soldiers nominally fighting as "volunteers" of Novorossiya or "New Russia."

The result is a conflict that sometimes resembles the Russian Army of today fighting the Russian Army of 25 years ago — the one that suffered defeat in Afghanistan and the first Chechen War.

But Ukraine and its Western allies, including Canada, are determined to change that dynamic ...
Title: In until March 2019
Post by: milnews.ca on March 06, 2017, 15:10:01
This just out (https://goo.gl/RBjAU2) from the info-machine:
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The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs today announced that the Government of Canada is extending Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces military training mission in Ukraine, until the end of March 2019.

Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces provides military training and capacity-building assistance to Ukrainian Forces personnel in support of Ukraine’s efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability.

Together with our allies and the Government of Ukraine, the Canadian Armed Forces will continue to support the professional development and enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces through a range of training activities such as:

    small team training
    explosive ordnance disposal
    military policing
    medical training
    logistics system modernisation

The Canadian Armed Forces will also be transitioning over time to support strategic institutional reform of Ukraine’s defence establishment.

Operation UNIFIER supports broader Government of Canada efforts to advance democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine through development, financial, humanitarian, and non-lethal military assistance ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 07, 2017, 12:02:10
Some initial reactions ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 08, 2017, 07:48:28
Via the CF Info-machine (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/03/change_of_commandforoperationunifierinukraine.html):
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The new commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U), Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven today during a ceremony at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine. The ceremony marks the transition between Rotations 2 and 3 of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s capacity building and military training mission in Ukraine.

As commander of JTF-U, Lieutenant-Colonel Lubiniecki commands approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with the mission to conduct training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas such as tactical army skills, leadership development, explosive ordnance disposal, battlefield medical aid, military police skills, and logistics modernization ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Journeyman on March 08, 2017, 08:15:31
Via the CF Info-machine:
(https://www.canada.ca/content/canadasite/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/03/change_of_commandforoperationunifierinukraine/_jcr_content/par/news-release/mediaRow/mediaBottomLeft.img.jpg)
Mike Blackburn looking very stern; must be channelling his inner Foreign Legionnaire.

Much like Lubiniecki is following the Canadian Army Sergeant Major's headdress lead: "the beret shall  cover the eyelids."   ;D


But seriously folks, be safe over there.   :salute:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 10, 2017, 07:25:56
Some Russian response to Canada's mission extension (https://sputniknews.com/military/201703101051444190-canada-ukraine-donbass-russia/) ...
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Moscow is concerned over Canada's decision to extend the stay of its military mission in Ukraine and over Canada's supplies of ammunition to Ukraine's Armed Forces, because the ammunition could later end up in the conflict zone in Donbass, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday.

On March 6, the government of Canada announced it will extend its military training mission in Ukraine until the end of March 2019.

"We took seriously the decision of Canada to extend by two years the military mission in Ukraine… Instead of exerting pressure on Kiev to compel it to fully implement its obligations under the Minsk agreements, Ottawa frankly plays into the hands of supporters of a military solution of the situation in Donbass, and also condones the continuation of the bloodshed," Zakharova said ...
As usual, I stand to be corrected, but I haven't read anyplace else about Canada selling/giving UKR ammo - it's certainly not mentioned in the info-machine material (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/03/canada_renews_itsmilitarycommitmenttoukraine.html).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Ostrozac on March 10, 2017, 08:01:21
...As usual, I stand to be corrected, but I haven't read anyplace else about Canada selling/giving UKR ammo - it's certainly not mentioned in the info-machine material (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/03/canada_renews_itsmilitarycommitmenttoukraine.html).

Ukraine is listed as a customer nation on the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems - Canada Industry Canada profile, and GDOTS-C is an ammunition/ordnance manufacturer.

http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/ccc/srch/nvgt.do?lang=eng&prtl=1&estblmntNo=260000001797&profile=cmpltPrfl&profileId=201&app=sold

But I'm not sure if I've seen any data on what specifically Ukraine is buying -- GDOTS-C makes simunition rounds, 5.56/7.62, grenades, 155mm propellant bags, etc...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 10, 2017, 09:01:33
Thanks for that - much appreciated.

I wasn't precise enough in my language ...
... I stand to be corrected, but I haven't read anyplace else about Canada's government selling/giving UKR ammo - it's certainly not mentioned in the info-machine material (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/03/canada_renews_itsmilitarycommitmenttoukraine.html).
... although if a Canadian company is selling, one might streeeeeeeeeetch "Canada giving/selling" to include that. #MaybeFakeNews
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 10, 2017, 12:47:48
Re:  Canada sending ammo to UKR, it must be true if the RUS Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said it (https://goo.gl/lfNBfy) (link in Russian - Google Translate version below) ...
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... On the decision of Canada to extend its military instructor mission in Ukraine

With serious concern, they took Canada's decision to extend for a period of two years its military mission in Ukraine. Within its framework, Canadian instructors are engaged in the so-called Ukrainian polygons. "Training" Ukrainian soldiers for subsequent shipment to the Donbass.

We consider such decisions and actions of the Government of Canada to be extremely dangerous. They interfere with the political settlement of the ongoing confrontation caused by the Kiev authorities. Moreover, according to the information available to us, the instructors are not limited to instructors - the Canadians began to supply ammunition for the Ukrainian armed forces, which will undoubtedly fall into the conflict zone.

Instead of exerting pressure on Kiev to compel it to fully fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements, Ottawa frankly favors the supporters of a forceful solution of the situation in the Donbass, and also condones the continuation of the bloodshed. In Canada, we must understand that the consequences of such policies and actions will be on their conscience ...
... and it was reported in Russian state media (https://goo.gl/EdEvx5) ...
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... according to the information that we have, Canada has begun to supply the Ukrainian military with ammunition that is sure to be delivered to the conflict zone," the Russian diplomat pointed out. "Canadians should realize that the consequences of such steps will be on their conscience."
... not to mention repeated in separatist UKR media (https://goo.gl/yWBrIu) ...
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Canada has begun to supply the Ukrainian military with ammunition that is sure to be delivered to the conflict zone, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova states.

By extending its military mission in Ukraine, Canada encourages the Ukrainian supporters using military force to resolve the Donbass conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday ...
... and denied by Ukraine (https://goo.gl/t7SZ9c):
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The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has denied reports that Canada is providing ammunition to Ukraine.

"It's not true. This statement is nothing but a cynical lie," Bohdan Sennyk, the head of the Ukrainian General Staff press service, told reporters on Friday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova earlier said Canada had started supplying ammunition to the Ukrainian authorities.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 12, 2017, 08:56:12
More from the separatist info-machine (https://goo.gl/LNeEjX) ...
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Many is asking why Canada is supplying ammunition and providing training for the Ukrainian Nazi battalions fighting in Donbass? Canadian newspaper Ottawa Citizen reports, that Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, has West-Ukrainian roots and her grandfather was directly connected to the German Nazi forces.

There have been a number of articles circulating about Freeland’s Ukrainian grandfather, Michael Chomiak, and his ties to the Nazis, but these reports have been stamped blatantly as "Russian propaganda".

    “American officials have publicly said, and even Angela Merkel has publicly said, that there were efforts on the Russian side to destabilize Western democracies, and I think it shouldn’t come as a surprise if these same efforts were used against Canada,” Freeland told reporters after they raised questions about the articles about her grandfather.

The Globe and Mail also reported that an official in Freeland’s office denied the minister’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator. But as Canadian Ottawa Citizen directly reports, based on undeniable facts, that Crystia Freedland's granddad "Michael Chomiak was a Nazi collaborator".

    For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazis colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland. (The Russians tended to execute collaborators well as SS members).

So what was the Krakivski Visti?

It, like a number of publications, had been seized by the Nazis from their Jewish owners and then operated as propaganda outlets. Here is what the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum has to say about Krakivski Visti and a similar newspaper, Lvivski Visti, both publications associated with the Nazi regime.

    “The editorial boards carried out a policy of soliciting Ukrainian support for the German cause. It was typical, within these publications, to not to give any accounts of the German genocidal policy, and largely, the editions resorted to silencing the mass killing of Jews in Galicia. Ukrainian newspapers presented the Jewish Question in light of the official Nazi propaganda, corollary to the Jewish world conspiracy.”

“In 1943 and 1944, both Lvivski Visti and Krakivski Visti hailed the German-approved formation of the 14th Waffen SS Division Halychyna, composed of Ukrainian volunteers,” the museum pointed out.

    "So much for "Russian disinformation," the Ottawa Citizen concluded.

On Wednesday the Globe and Mail reported that, “Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper.”
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 12, 2017, 13:37:56
On the RUS Foreign Ministry's allegations that Canada's supplying ammo to the Ukrainians, this from a DND spokesperson by email:
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... Regarding allegations of a Canadian donation of ammunition to Ukraine, it is false. Here what the Ukrainian military had to say: https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ukrainian-military-denies-receiving-ammo-canada.html ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on March 13, 2017, 00:45:57
We barely have ammo for us, let alone to donate

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Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: PuckChaser on March 13, 2017, 11:09:08
We barely have ammo for us, let alone to donate

Pretty sure we don't use a whole lot of 7.62x39mm, 7.62x54mmR or 12.7x108mm ammunition in regular training in Canada, so your allotment of 25 rounds for the year wouldn't be touched by donating lethal aid to the Ukrainians.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on March 13, 2017, 13:45:37
Ukrainian forces have started using licence built M16s so 5.56 is needed

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Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: PuckChaser on March 13, 2017, 14:08:57
That ammo isn't going to come out of DND stocks, it'd be a Global Affairs Canada purchase with their cash out of whatever lowest bidder 5.56mm company can deliver to Ukraine. The CAF can advise on what lethal aid would be useful, but its GAC that makes the call and finds the rounds.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on March 13, 2017, 14:12:10
That ammo isn't going to come out of DND stocks, it'd be a Global Affairs Canada purchase with their cash out of whatever lowest bidder 5.56mm company can deliver to Ukraine. The CAF can advise on what lethal aid would be useful, but its GAC that makes the call and finds the rounds.

oh i am well aware this story is full of baloney, only way we are providing ammo to Ukraine is by us going to a company to buy and ship to ukraine, like you said
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 13, 2017, 14:36:51
That ammo isn't going to come out of DND stocks, it'd be a Global Affairs Canada purchase with their cash out of whatever lowest bidder 5.56mm company can deliver to Ukraine ...
And they haven't replied to my email yet  ;D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: dangerboy on March 13, 2017, 15:47:29
Ukrainian forces have started using licence built M16s so 5.56 is needed

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Looking at the pictures released by the CAF about Op UNIFIER, the soldiers are all using Warsaw Pact weapons (AK-74, PKM)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 13, 2017, 17:16:50
Meanwhile, MP's drop by and discover there's a war on (https://goo.gl/6zOjrH) ...
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Canada extended its military training mission in Ukraine this week, but the country needs more help to help ease the escalating humanitarian crisis, say an MP and a human rights advocate who just returned from the country.

Ontario Conservative MP Tony Clement travelled to Kyiv last week to meet with government officials and others and was surprised to learn of the huge scale of the crisis caused by the four-year conflict.

"This is a hot war, not a cold war, in Eastern Ukraine," Clement told CBC News. "There are casualties every day, soldiers and civilians. A lot of the world's attention is focused on Mosul, Syria and Iraq, but this war is a war, as well, and there are many people affected." ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on March 13, 2017, 17:52:30
Meanwhile, MP's drop by and discover there's a war on (https://goo.gl/6zOjrH) ...

So, a reverse-racism assumption?  As in "oh...those are white (Orthodox) Christian folks shooting at each other, it can't be *that* bad"? 
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 13, 2017, 18:15:22
So, a reverse-racism assumption?  As in "oh...those are white (Orthodox) Christian folks shooting at each other, it can't be *that* bad"?
I'll take "Former Yugoslavia for $400, Alex ..."
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 27, 2017, 08:49:26
A new-ish (up as of 21 March 2017) e-petition (https://goo.gl/cRMa9C) is up @ the Parliament of Canada page ...
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Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:

    The violence and tensions in Eastern Ukraine have continued to escalate over the past three years and show no sign of abating;
    The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has led to the death of nearly 10,000 individuals, displaced more than 1.6 million individuals internally, and left over 3 million in need of humanitarian aid;
    The Government of Canada has failed to sign the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Agreement;
    The Government of Canada has cut the supply of life-saving RADARSAT-2 imagery to the Ukrainian military;
    The Government of Canada has ignored Ukraine’s calls for lethal defensive military equipment, while providing the same support to the Kurdish military; and
    The Government of Canada has failed to add Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to add Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, sign the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Agreement and supply the Ukrainian military with lethal defensive equipment.
Re:  the bits in yellow, it's interesting that the parliamentary sponsor for this petition (http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/James-Bezan(25475)) was once the Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence for the governing party that failed to sign, cut the supply, ignored Ukraine's calls and failed to add. 

#OppositionForTheSakeOfOpposition?

You have until 19 July to sign the petition if you're interested.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: jmt18325 on March 27, 2017, 11:36:45
On Twitter there were a great many Conservative politicians wondering why Canada under the Liberals did not expand the mission - why could they not do better for the Ukraine?  In my mind, those type of questions are just as you say - opposition for the sake of.  This is a mission started by the Conservaties.  That the Liberals continued their path in a situation that has remained largely the same should be a rare opportunity for them to show solidarity and applaud the government.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 28, 2017, 08:49:46
And back to some news -- this from UKR media (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2201174-canada-to-provide-ukraine-with-another-batch-of-military-equipment.html), shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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Canada to provide Ukraine with another batch of military equipment

Canada will soon deliver to Ukraine the next batch of non-lethal military equipment.

This was stated by National Defense Minister of Canada Harjit Sajjan, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Our next delivery will include first-aid kits, training materials for the military police and ammunition disposal equipment," Sajjan said.

He reminded that Canada had been supplying various units of non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine for a long time, e.g. tactical communication systems, night vision goggles and even a mobile field hospital.

"This vital equipment will increase the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces while reducing the financial burden on the Ukrainian government," Sajjan said.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 29, 2017, 08:23:20
More from the former Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2201529-ukraine-needs-lethal-weapons-james-bezan.html) on how Ukraine needs lethal military aid, shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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Ukraine needs lethal weapons – James Bezan
28.03.2017 17:50 318

It has become obvious since the end of last year that the West has not been taking sufficient measures to make Russia implement the Minsk agreements.

This has been stated by James Bezan, the Official Opposition Critic for National Defence and member of Conservative Shadow Cabinet, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"As we have seen since the end of 2016, neither Russia nor the Russian-backed militants in Donetsk and Luhansk regions comply with the Minsk agreements, while Ukraine pays for that," Bezan said.

In his opinion, the regular violations of the Minsk agreements require that the West provide Ukraine with lethal weapons.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 01, 2017, 08:44:12
More word of coming Canadian help (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-politics/2203167-canada-getting-ready-to-sign-defense-agreement-with-ukraine-harjit-sajjan.html) ...
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Canada getting ready to sign defense agreement with Ukraine – Harjit Sajjan
31.03.2017 10:10 914

An agreement on cooperation between the defense ministries of Canada and Ukraine will be signed in the near future.

This was stated by National Defense Minister of Canada Harjit Sajjan, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"To move forward in the issue of the defense agreement, we and our colleagues just should determine the proper date," Sajjan said.

The National Defense Minister of Canada added that it had been planned to conclude that agreement during his trip to Ukraine last year. "During the last trip, the issue of this agreement was raised, and we could even move forward, but we had to wait until some issues on part of the Ukrainian government were solved. As of now, everything has already been settled," the Minister said.
... while the two DefMin's prepare to meet in Ottawa (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/03/defence_ministerharjitsajjanandhisukrainiancounterparttomeet.html):
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... Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and his Ukrainian counterpart, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, will be meeting to discuss the Canada-Ukraine defence relationship and hold a photo opportunity.

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017

Time: 13:15 p.m. (EDT)

Location: National Defence Headquarters, 101 Colonel By Drive, Brigadier Malone Conference Room (formerly Conference Room D), 2 North Tower ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 03, 2017, 17:31:46
Let's see how the Russian info-machine distorts this offer to help out (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/04/government_of_canadasignsdefencecooperationarrangementwithukrain.html) ...
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Canada and Ukraine have a long history of friendship, common values, and shared ambitions for the future of our peoples.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met today with Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak to sign the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement.

This bilateral arrangement further exemplifies Canada’s commitment to Ukraine by identifying areas of mutual cooperation such as defence policy; defence research, development, and production; and military education. The Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement is a key part of the Canadian Government`s multifaceted support for Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty, security, and stability. This arrangement is focused on providing a framework for cooperation on important defence-related issues.

In the coming days, Defence Minister Poltorak will meet Members of Parliament and Senators, and tour Canadian Armed Forces facilities such as Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.

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“Today's signing of the Defence Cooperation Arrangement shows Canada's steadfast commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. It strengthens the ties between our two nations and helps us continue to develop our rich, mutually beneficial relationships.  Canada remains fully committed to providing assistance to Ukraine, helping to preserve and protect its sovereignty through Operation UNIFIER, and to supporting the implementation of key reforms.”

— Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

Quick Facts

•In addition to the Canadian Government`s recent decision to renew Operation UNIFIER until the end of March 2019, the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement reaffirms the mutual trust and common interest in international peace shared between the two countries.
•Canada has provided a broad range of assistance (development, financial, humanitarian, non-lethal military) to Ukraine, totaling more than $700 million since January 2014.
•Since September 2015, more than 3200 Ukrainian Armed Forces members have been trained by the Canadian Armed Forces ...
According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa* (http://canada.mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/56102-ukrajina-i-kanada-pidpisali-oboronnu-ugodu) (in Ukrainian) ...
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... According to the Ambassador of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko agreement identifies five priority areas of cooperation: 1) defense research, development and production; 2) Financial support; 3) logistics; 4) defense policy; 5) military education ...
* - OP edit to get the envoy & embassy right.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Flavus101 on April 03, 2017, 19:35:50
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1) defense research, development and production; 2) Financial support; 3) logistics; 4) defense policy

There is there fatal flaw, relying on Canada to assist them in this. I give the Ukrainians 3 years before they are eventually parcelled off into mother Russia.  :P
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 04, 2017, 20:36:21
Meanwhile, in one of the many meetings UKR's DefMin held in Canada, he had a chance to chat up CCC folks - this from the UKR MoD (original in Ukrainian (https://goo.gl/vZhj16) - Google Translation below) ...
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In Ottawa ended meeting of defense ministers of Ukraine and representatives of the defense industry in Canada.

Vice President of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) Cameron Mc Kenzie welcomed a delegation from Ukraine and stressed that interested in developing cooperation with Ukraine.

He also noted that after signing the Understanding on defense cooperation to countries new opportunities, and this cooperation can be developed for a wide range of issues.

In turn, during the meeting the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine is interested in expanding cooperation in all areas for the practical implementation of the defense character.

- Given the needs of the Armed Forces and the possibility MIC is promising cooperation of domestic MIC in the aviation industry, the production of ammunition for small arms and artillery systems, armored vehicles, electronics, control systems and communications - said Stepan Poltorak.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 22, 2017, 08:29:22
More from the former Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2201529-ukraine-needs-lethal-weapons-james-bezan.html) on how Ukraine needs lethal military aid, shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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Ukraine needs lethal weapons – James Bezan ...
More of the same (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2215335-james-bezan-canada-should-start-to-sell-weapons-to-ukraine.html) ...
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Canada should finally allow Ukraine buying defensive weapons.

James Bezan, the Official Opposition Critic for National Defence and member of Conservative Shadow Cabinet, said this in an interview with Ukrinform.

"Russia is strengthening its positions in Donbas, pulling artillery and weapons there. The Minsk Agreements have failed. The militants and the Russian military continue to ignore them. Therefore, I advocate including Ukraine in this list and opening of access to the Canadian arms market," Bezan said.

According to him, the Government of Canada should also immediately begin to supply a variety of weapons to Ukraine.

The Automatic Firearms Country Control List defines the countries, which Canada allows its domestic producers to supply weapons to. Currently, there are 35 countries on the list, including Botswana, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Colombia. Ukraine is not on the list so far.
It's a real shame that bit in yellow couldn't have been done before (https://goo.gl/69GmM4) ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: daftandbarmy on April 24, 2017, 14:53:02
Here's a topic you can 'sink your teeth into' :)

The volunteer Dentists on the front lines of Ukraine's War...

https://www.wired.com/2017/04/pete-kiehart-ukrop-dental-ukraine/
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 26, 2017, 06:41:30
This (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/04/25/canadian-military-policemen-to-train-ukrainian-military-law-enforcement-staff-in-lviv/) from the UKR MoD Info-machine ...
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Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv

Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv Canadian military policemen to train Ukrainian military law enforcement staff in Lviv

A new Military Law Enforcement training centre hosted an opening ceremony of training course. Col. Vasyl Maksymenko, Deputy Chief of Central Directorate of Military Law Enforcement, stressed that the Ukrainian army was undergoing development under active support of international partners and in compliance with NATO standards.

“Canadian instructors joined their Lithuanian colleagues and train our military. A lot of things have been realized over two years such as this centre opening and staff training for future Military Police. Draft Law of Ukraine ‘On Military Police of Ukraine’ is under inter-departmental approval,” Col. Maksymenko said.

According to him, some graduates work as instructors at this centre, others stay at military law enforcement units.

During several weeks 16 Ukrainian specialists will undergo training in the framework of the course which agenda was jointly developed by Ukrainian and Canadian experts.
A few pix attached (photo credit:  UKR MoD)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on May 25, 2017, 11:26:50
A bit of the bigger, political picture (http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/prezident-ukrayini-skoordinuvav-poziciyi-z-premyer-ministrom-41574), via the Ukrainian President's information machine (statement also attached in case link doesn't work)...
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President of Ukraine coordinated positions with the Prime Minister of Canada on the eve of the G7 and NATO meeting

25 May 2017 - 14:28

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

Petro Poroshenko informed on the developments in Donbas and the ongoing violation of the Minsk agreements by Russia. The President of Ukraine expressed confidence that the leaders of NATO and G7 will deliver an appropriate assessment of the given situation, particularly in the issue of continuation of sanctions’ pressure on Moscow.

Prime Minister Trudeau assured that the G7 and NATO coalition is committed to support Ukraine.

The parties also discussed future intensification of bilateral relations. The leaders praised recent ratification of the Free Trade Agreement by the Canadian Senate that paves the way to its full application in the nearest future. Petro Poroshenko thanked Canada for its stance in the issue of development of defensive cooperation, the evidence of which is continuation of UNIFIER training mission and signature of the agreement on defensive cooperation.

Petro Poroshenko noted that the adoption of the EU’s decision as regards visa waiver for Ukrainians provides conditions for intensification of dialogue on visa liberalisation between Canada and Ukraine.

The parties coordinated the schedule of contacts at the highest level.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on May 27, 2017, 07:48:17
This via the UKR MoD info-machine (original in Ukrainian here (https://goo.gl/BGWBy4), Google English translation below) ...
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Military engineers have received qualified instructors NATO standards

Military engineers have received qualified instructors NATO-standard military engineers have gained qualifications of instructors NATO-standard military engineers qualified instructors gained by NATO standards

The center operational demining Main Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kamenetz-Podolsk Ceremony certificates completed in four two-week training course for junior officers who carried out the military forces of Canada.

Eight military engineers, who gained qualified trainers received certificates NATO standards of sample preparation and completion of the appropriate professional level.

In his speech, the deputy commander of the contingent instructors Combined Joint Task Force Canadian Forces Captain Matthew Murphy once again noted the success and high level of motivation Ukrainian military in the course of the exercise and gave the best listener Group Chief Warrant certificate Nicholas Turchenkovu best assistant trainees commander and a commemorative medal.

In turn, the acting deputy head of the Center for Demining of moral and psychological support Major Oleg Gomilko thanked foreign colleagues for their professional approach to the process of preparation of Ukrainian engineers and assured that the experience gained military demining center must use at combat missions in the area of ​​ATO and preparation of their colleagues from other units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Attached photos via Ukrainian MoD
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 15, 2017, 07:33:42
This from The Canadian Press (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-quietly-eases-restrictions-on-canadian-military-mission-in-ukraine/article35308910/), shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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The military has quietly expanded its footprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere — except where they might run into Russian forces or separatist rebels.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

But the Canadians were required to stay in the western half of Ukraine, far from the conflict that has continued to rage over the intervening two years, leaving more than 10,000 people dead.

Those restrictions were eased in March when the government extended the mission for another two years, the mission’s commander, Lt.-Col. Mark Lubiniecki, said in an interview Wednesday.

While Canadian troops are still required to stay away from the border with Russia and the fighting in eastern Ukraine, he said, the rest of the country is now fair game.

The change, Lubiniecki added, has given welcome flexibility to the Canadian mission, which has so far trained nearly 4,500 Ukrainian troops, many of whom have since been sent into the conflict zone.

The number of Canadian soldiers in Ukraine remains the same.

Lubiniecki would not reveal how far his troops have to stay from the Russian border, except to say that it is far enough away to keep them safe and prevent anyone from misinterpreting they they are in Ukraine.

“We’re here to provide mentorship and training, we’re not here to be operating on the front line,” he said. “So making sure we maintain that buffer is extremely important for us.”

The training mission is set to expire in 2019.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report this week on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, asserting that an end to the three-year-old war was nowhere to be seen.

Fighting continues to erupt despite the existence of a ceasefire, while more than 1.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes and another 3 million are struggling to make ends meet.

Canada’s presence in eastern Europe is actually set to expand over the next few months, as about 450 troops arrive in Latvia to lead a NATO force that will serve as a check on Russian aggression.

One of the concerns trumpeted by both Canadian and Latvian officials is that Russia, or at least pro-Russian agitators, will attempt to spread lies and false information about the mission there.

But Lubiniecki said his troops in Ukraine have so far been spared from any such information attacks, saying: “I’m just not seeing it (on the ground) right now.”

That applies to cyberattacks, as well.

Moscow and its separatist allies in eastern Ukraine aren’t the only threats that Kyiv is struggling to address: corruption is also one of several significant problems.

The Ukrainian military and its defence sector have not been spared, as outlined in recent months by various media reports as well as investigations by NGOs such as Transparency International.

Much of the concern has focused on whether Ukrainian government officials have been enriching themselves by skimming defence contracts or diverting equipment donated by countries like Canada.

Transparency International released a report last month saying improvements have been made, but more needs to be done to ensure foreign donations get to the Ukrainian troops who actually need it.

Canada has so far provided about $16-million in non-lethal equipment such as helmets, bulletproof vests and winter clothing to the Ukrainian military, and promised another $7.25-million by 2019.

Lubiniecki said he has not seen any evidence of corruption during his time in the country, and that the Ukrainian soldiers his troops are training are well equipped and motivated.
Stand by, I suppose, for more stories in the separatist/Russian media like these?
It appears the anti-UKR info-machine is shooting out a bit more Canadian content ...
  • 9 Sept 2016:  "11 Canadian Mercenaries Go Home in Bodybags After “Master Class” in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2cXVi2T) -- A master-class of “maple leaves” in the fight against militias ended in disaster. A group of at least 20 people (three reconnaissance groups) from the Canadian forces CANSOFCOM tried to attack the militia positions in the area of the Ukrainian punisher operation.  It ended in disaster for them. The operation was under development without the involvement of the Ukrainian fighters for the demonstration of a “master-class of fighting against terrorists”.  Those responsible were from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The military attache of Canada in Ukraine Colonel Ron Ubbens was in charge of the matter. All this, of course, is unofficial ..." - original article in Russian here (http://bit.ly/2d3IkiQ)
  • 19 Sept 2016:  "Canadian Instructors Train UAF Fighters for Urban Combat in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2cEfQks) -- LPR reconnaissance has found that instructors from Canada are deployed with Ukrainian servicemen near the contact line in Donbass. This was said by the official representative of the LPR militia Andrey Marochko. According to him, the Canadian military work with the Kiev Armed Forces in combat tactics in an urban environment.  “According to our intelligence, in the area of the settlement Schastia, the 2nd division of the 28th battalion Guard Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces are being trained for combat in an urban environment under the leadership of Canadian instructors,” said Marochko ..." - original article in Russian here (http://bit.ly/2cDojAQ)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 15, 2017, 12:51:31
And this from Russian-state media RIA Novosti (https://sputniknews.com/europe/201706151054641948-ukraine-batalion-canada-tactic-training/), apparently based on an interview during some media availability with the TF boss this week (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/06/operation_unifiermediaopportunity.html), shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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Ukraine Battalion Tactical Groups to Start Training at Starychi in 2018
01:46 15.06.2017 (updated 03:20 15.06.2017)

Canadian training mission to Ukraine commander Lt. Col. Mark Lubiniecki said that the Starychi combat training center in Ukraine is looking to start rotations of battalion tactical groups in 2018.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Starychi combat training center in Ukraine is looking to start rotations of battalion tactical groups in 2018, Canadian training mission to Ukraine commander Lt. Col. Mark Lubiniecki told Sputnik.

   "In 2018, they are looking at shifting towards battalion tactical groups," Lubiniecki said on Wednesday.

Lubiniecki became the commander of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Joint Task Force-Ukraine in March. He noted that the center’s current focus is on battalions, which allows about 600 soldiers to come through during a 55-day rotation. In 2018, their number can increase to 1,000.

At present, the center has no intent to start training entire brigades, Lubiniecki said. Nevertheless, it does provide training to their leadership.

"What they do touch on is staff training for the brigades, headquarters of the brigades’ staff," the commander noted.

The Ukrainian military is also planning to take over Starychi training center operations.

"They do have a plan in place to grow their [trainers] numbers over the next 18 months to a point where they will be able to take the lead on all training delivery to the Ukrainian Armed Forces," Lubiniecki said.

Currently, more than a hundred Ukrainian soldiers work at the center as its full time staff. An increased number of local trainers will allow allies to step back and play more of a mentorship role, the commander noted.

"I am not sure if there will be a decrease to the number of allies operating at Starychi and possibly allies moving to another location," Lubiniecki added.

"The intent is not to decrease the number of training days for the rotational training units as a whole, but the intent is to provide the first two to three weeks at their home garrison," Lubiniecki said talking about the training teams’ work.

He explained that at present, the first days of the 55-day training cycle comprise of individual training, while the last 33-35 days are focused on collective training.

Mobile training teams ensure that the Ukrainian troops that arrive to the Starychi center have the first part of their training complete.

Lubiniecki said the size of the mobile training teams can vary from 4-5 to 20-30 soldiers, depending on the requests of the General Staff.

The commander added that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have made "great progress" so far, and the training they receive helps to save lives during operations.

In 2015, Canada first sent 200 troops to Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER to provide training and capacity-building assistance to the country's military forces and to back their efforts to maintain sovereignty.

In March, Ottawa extended its military training mission in Ukraine through the end of March 2019.

The Canadian military has trained more than 4450 Ukrainian soldiers to date overall, according to the Canadian Department of National Defense.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 16, 2017, 14:08:36
And in case you don't think Canada's important enough to be targetted by RUS disinfo, this from UKR separatist media (https://goo.gl/ktU756) (NOTE:  in case it's not obvious, there have been no government or MSM reports of 12+ Canadians being killed in Ukraine) - text of article also attached if you don't want to hit the link ...
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Over A Dozen Canadian Soldiers Killed In Donbass, Trudeau Wants More To Come Home In Flag Draped Caskets, Mission Now Extends In Ukraine !

After having lost a dozen soldiers killed fighting in Donbass this spring, Ottawa is now trying to explain it away by giving “permission” for Canadian troops to train Ukrainians killing their own citizens in Donbass. It is now only a matter of time until more Canadians go home in flag covered boxes, having died for what American officials call, “the most corrupt nation on earth.”

    This past spring a group of “expert” Canadian trainers got lost in Donbass and about a dozen men total were killed in a quick fight with DPR recon forces who mistook them for a vanguard or spearhead element of a more general NATO attack on Donetsk.

Canada’s military has quietly expanded its bootprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere in efforts to run into Russian forces or separatist rebels and create an incident or excuse to further expand the conflict. Despite this being a clear violation of point 10 of the Minsk accords, which says all foreign troops are to leave the Ukraine.

The Canadians first deployed about 600 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. Canada has a large Ukrainian population as an entire division of Ukrainian Nazi-SS men settled there ...
This appears to be a rehash of this story from the fall, with a bit of current political commentary added ...
... 9 Sept 2016:  "11 Canadian Mercenaries Go Home in Bodybags After “Master Class” in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2cXVi2T) -- A master-class of “maple leaves” in the fight against militias ended in disaster. A group of at least 20 people (three reconnaissance groups) from the Canadian forces CANSOFCOM tried to attack the militia positions in the area of the Ukrainian punisher operation.  It ended in disaster for them. The operation was under development without the involvement of the Ukrainian fighters for the demonstration of a “master-class of fighting against terrorists”.  Those responsible were from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The military attache of Canada in Ukraine Colonel Ron Ubbens was in charge of the matter. All this, of course, is unofficial ..." - original article in Russian here (http://bit.ly/2d3IkiQ) ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on June 16, 2017, 15:04:54
    And in case you don't think Canada's important enough to be targetted by RUS disinfo,
this from UKR separatist media (https://goo.gl/ktU756) (NOTE:  in case it's not obvious, there have been no government or MSM reports of 12+ Canadians being killed in Ukraine) - text of article also attached if you don't want to hit the link ...This appears to be a rehash of this story from the fall, with a bit of current political commentary added ...

Ukrainian Nazi-SS Men in Canada?  Would You Like To Know More??   ::)[/list]
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on June 16, 2017, 15:37:17
I laugh that they name both CANSOFCOM and CSIS, two completely seperate organizations. Someone didnt do their homework.

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Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 16, 2017, 15:40:59
I laugh that they name both CANSOFCOM and CSIS, two completely seperate organizations. Someone didnt do their homework.
And the original source "story" in September claimed the Canadian military attache to Ukraine led the ill-fated Canadian commando mission.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 20, 2017, 08:01:54
This from the UKR MoD info-machine in English (https://goo.gl/z7N3Jo) ...
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Canadian armed forces delegation visits future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv

Canadian armed forces delegation visits future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv Canadian armed forces delegation visits future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv Canadian armed forces delegation visits future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv Canadian armed forces delegation visits future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv

The Canadian armed forces delegation visited the future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv. The Ukrainian and Canadian parties discussed cooperation in the framework of activities of the Sub-Committee of Military Police of the Multinational Joint Coordination Committee on military cooperation and defence reforms.

The foreign guests also toured the infrastructure of the future military law enforcement training centre in Lviv and were briefed on its capacities and prospects of existence and functioning.
... and in Ukrainian (https://goo.gl/R14ziF) (Google English translation in quote box):
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The delegation of the Canadian Armed Forces familiarized itself with the capabilities of the Training Center of the Military Service of Law Enforcement, which is being set up in Lviv

In Lviv, the Western Territorial Department of the Military Service was visited by a delegation of the Canadian Armed Forces led by Strategic Advisor to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Mrs. Jill Sinkler*.

During the visit, a working meeting of the Chief of the Military Service of the Law Enforcement in the Armed Forces of Ukraine - Head of the Main Department of the Military Service of Law and Order of Major-General Igor Kyshtun with foreign guests took place. Representatives of the Ukrainian and Canadian parties discussed cooperation within the framework of the Military Police Subcommittee of the Multinational Joint Coordinating Committee on Military Cooperation and Defense Reform.

Representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces inspected the training facilities of the Training Center of the Military Service of Law Enforcement, which is being set up in Lviv. They got acquainted with its capabilities and prospects for further functioning on the training of military law enforcement officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, using the experience of foreign partners.
Photo credit for attached pix:  UKR MoD

* - Likely a transliteration error approximation of Jill Sinclair, appointed in January as Canada's rep to the Ukrainian Defence Reform Advisory Board (https://goo.gl/zAfLc1).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 30, 2017, 06:53:35
CAN, UKR DefMin's meet at NATO meeting in Belgium - this from the UKR MoD info-machine (https://goo.gl/oSFq4J) ...
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In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan

In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan In Brussels Stepan Poltorak holds talks with Harjit Sajjan

In the framework of the working visit to Brussels, Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak participated in the meeting of the ministers of defence of NATO nations and held a range of bilateral talks.

General Poltorak met with Minister of National Defence of Canada Mr Harjit Sajjan and briefed him on situation in the east of Ukraine. He focused on discussion of prospects of defence cooperation and possibility of procurement of defence equipment in Canada next year.

Stepan Poltorak invited Mr Sajjan to visit Ukraine in August and participate in festivities on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine.
Statement in Ukrainian (with short chatting video) here (https://goo.gl/cmYtFE) - attached photos from UKR MoD.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on July 28, 2017, 14:06:23
More allegations of "Canadian instructors/mercenaries" being in Eastern UKR via rebel sitrep briefings ...
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Canadian military instructors detected in AFU ranks in Avdeyevka
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 15:54

The DPR reconnaissance have detected instructors from Canada at the Ukrainian Armed Forces' positions near Avdeyevka, reported the Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command, Eduard Bazurin.

    "Our reconnaissance detected the presence of instructors from canada outside Avdeyevka in the responsibility zone of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade," said the Vice-Commander.

In addition, according to the Republic's reconnaissance, a platoon of snipers of the 128th separate mountain infantry brigade arrived to the area of ​​the Majorsk railway station near Gorlovka to carry out the combat mission.

Earlier the DPR Operational Command has repeatedly stated the presence of foreign servicemen at the AFU positions in the conflict zone in the Donbass. In particular, the presence of the Georgian Legion and mercenaries from the United States was noted.

DONi News Agency
Source (https://goo.gl/p9eWyu) - Alternate SAFER source (https://goo.gl/iMtMBz)**
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Canadian Instructors/Mercenaries Spotted Outside Avdeevka , And Attempted Rape Of A Young Girl By Nazi Ukraine Scum Soldiers In Druzhkovka ! (VIDEO)
on: July 28, 2017

MILITARY SITUATION REPORT/VIDEO FROM THE HIGH COMMAND OF THE DPR PEOPLE’S ARMY COL. BASURIN ! (https://goo.gl/We4Vqv)  (VIDEO)*

Our reconnaissance detected the presence of instructors from canada outside Avdeevka in the responsibility zone of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade. In addition, a platoon of snipers of the 128th separate mountain infantry brigade arrived at the vicinity of the Mayorsk railway station to carry out a combat mission.

The so-called Ukrainian patriots, who had formally joined the AFU staff, did not change their negative attitude towards the population of Donbass, even citizens residing in the territory temporarily occupied by Nazi Kiev. Nationalists still consider civilians to be third-class people and with impunity commit against them nearly all the crimes prewritten by the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

For instance, on July 22, several servicemen of the 81st separate air mobile brigade, spending their time in the village of Druzhkovka in a state of intoxication, molested a young girl and attempted rape. Having seen this, concerned citizens of Druzhkovka prevented the arbitrariness of the Ukrainian armed forces’ ‘elite’ by applying physical force to them. Currently, the failed abusers are hospitalized at Chasov-Yar with numerous injuries. One of the paratroopers Krysov is in a serious condition with a traumatic brain injury and concussion.

On the evening of July 24, three servicemen of the 28th separate mechanized brigade, having taken a good portion of alcohol, decided to continue drinking in the vicinity of Bogdanovka locality. Having arrived at a local store, Nazi Ukrainian soldiers demanded from a shop-assistant to sell them vodka and food as a donation to the ‘defenders of Ukraine.’ Refusing to fulfill their demands, a woman was brutally beaten, after what the soldiers robbed the store. In addition, the so-called ‘defenders’ from the 28th separate mechanized brigade caused serious bodily harm to a customer who came at that moment, took his money and quietly returned to the deployment area.

NAZI UKRAINE BREAKING THE CEASEFIRE ONCE AGAIN, HARVEST TRUCE IN TATTERS, KIEV REGIME BOMBING CIVILIAN AREAS !

The Ukrainian Junta Military keeps violating the ceasefire.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy actively resorted to tanks, mortars, and small arms. 11 localities’ areas were targeted with 16tank rounds and 41 mortar shells of 120mm calibre and 21 of 82mm calibre.

In the Gorlovka and Mariupol directions, the enemy actively applied grenade launchers and small arms against five localities’ areas.

One soldier was wounded, defending the Republic.

The locality of Dokuchayevsk having been shelled by the AFU, five houses sustained damages.

In addition, a low-pressure gas pipeline was broken on Tsentralnaya Street. Repair works are underway.

A total of three violations of the ceasefire regime by the Armed Forces of Ukraine were registered over the past day.

Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin
Source (https://goo.gl/DPA83w) - Alternate SAFER source (https://goo.gl/ntdqK7)**


* - links to 3 1/2 minute briefing in Russian (no subtitles) on Youtube
**[/sup] - Alternate link is via archive.org in case you worry about sharing your information with, or the potential of malware or other nasties coming from UKR separatist web pages
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Dimsum on July 28, 2017, 19:37:47
With headlines like Nazi Ukraine Scum, I wonder how unbiased their reporting would be  >:D

Those look like headlines from The_Donald subreddit.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on July 29, 2017, 08:30:20
With headlines like Nazi Ukraine Scum, I wonder how unbiased their reporting would be  >:D
That, and all the exclamation marks in the headlines, gives it away as more of an un-fact-checking fan boy repeater site.

Meanwhile, this, for the record, from the CAF on this one:
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While CAF personnel are involved in training activities in different locations in Ukraine, they are always a significant distance from conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk and Avdiivka.
So, if Canadians ARE doing any military training there, it doesn't seem to be Canadian military doing the training.

Keep enjoying the separatist lies creativity!
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 11, 2017, 07:47:49
Shared under the Fair Dealing provisions (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-9.html#h-26) of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/index.html) ...
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Ukrainian Armed Forces adopts many NATO-like safety standards – Canadian military instructor (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2284006-ukrainian-armed-forces-adopts-many-natolike-safety-standards-canadian-military-instructor.html)
ukrinform.net, 11.08.2017 10:57

The Ukrainian military command requested Canada to help introduce the NATO-like safety standards in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Canadian Army Major Chris Hartwick, who oversees one of the training courses within the UNIFIER Canadian training mission to Ukraine, said this in an interview with the Army news.

"Some might ask why we are imposing our safety standards on them [Ukrainian servicemen], but this is actually something the Ukrainian Armed Forces has requested of us. They wish to adopt more NATO-like safety standards and their leaders strive to learn as much from Canada and the U.S. as possible in this regard," Hartwick said.

According to him, the absence of a separate training structure in the Armed Forces of Ukraine creates certain problems for Canadian mission.

 "Unlike us, the Ukrainian Armed Forces does not have a standardized training structure. So, many of their instructors have never undergone training on how to teach a class or run a firing range," the Canadian Army Major said.

He added that Canada “exercises a strict set of safety guidelines when planning and conducting training and the Ukrainian Armed Forces functions differently.”

As reported, the Canadian government announced early March its decision to extend the UNIFIER military training mission to Ukraine for another two years until March 31, 2019. About 200 Canadian military instructors have been training Ukrainian servicemen within the framework of this mission.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 24, 2017, 17:32:24
Some screen captures of Canadian troops parading during today's UKR Independence Day parade (source (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5iFB7mhdos&)) - first foreign formation after UKR's troops.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 24, 2017, 17:58:56
Some screen captures of Canadian troops parading during today's UKR Independence Day parade (source (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5iFB7mhdos&)) - first foreign formation after UKR's troops.
And one more from the Ukrainian MoD info-machine (source (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2017/08/24/prezident-vzyav-uchast-v-urochistomu-zahodi-parad-vijsk-z-nagodi-26-oi-richniczi-nezalezhnosti-ukraini/), in Ukrainian).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on August 25, 2017, 01:12:19
Curious that none of their name tapes have names on them, must be a concern of the otherside IDing soldiers and using their names for evil
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on August 25, 2017, 10:31:44
And one more from the Ukrainian MoD info-machine (source (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2017/08/24/prezident-vzyav-uchast-v-urochistomu-zahodi-parad-vijsk-z-nagodi-26-oi-richniczi-nezalezhnosti-ukraini/), in Ukrainian).
And yet another photo from Ukrainian media (source (http://112.international/article/military-parade-how-was-it-20148.html)) ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 02, 2017, 13:12:01
UKR separatist media (https://goo.gl/jxs2vN)*:  Canadian cop trainer hit up for bribe by UKR colleagues?
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Ukrainian policemen rob Canadian instructor who came to teach them
Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 15:13

In Kiev, the police robbed their colleague from Canada, who came to Ukraine to train law enforcement officers, reported by "Strana.ua".

According to the publication, the crime occurred back on April 22, but a notification of suspicion was handed to one of the Ukrainian police officers only in August.

The incident occurred with the participation of the employees of the Pechersk district department of the Kiev police protection department. The police, on a far-fetched occasion, checked the documents of a Canadian citizen. Then one of them invited the foreigner to the office car, where he took away his money and a credit card. After that, the attackers left, leaving the man on the street.

As it turned out, the Canadian came to Ukraine as part of a police mission, which trains cadres for the patrol police. The Ukrainian guards, according to the investigation, have stolen about 1400 grivnas (about 3150 rbl. - ed.) from their colleague. The criminal case was initiated under the article "Robbery". This investigation is monitored by the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine.

DONi News Agency
Test of original Strana.ua source article (in Russian and Google English) attached - no other open source media confirmation at this point.

* - This links to an archived version of the story in question, saving you from clicking on a site that, 1) gets your info and 2) "shares" who knows what.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 14, 2017, 06:16:23
1)  Canadian Senior Advisor meets with UKR's Def Min -- this (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/09/13/stepan-poltorak-all-activities-supported-by-canada-are-very-successful-in-ukraine/) from UKR MoD's info-machine ...
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Stepan Poltorak: All activities supported by Canada are very successful in Ukraine

Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak held talks with Senior Adviser Jill Sinclair (Canada) in Kyiv.

“All activities supported by Canada are very successful in Ukraine,” General Poltorak stressed, “Particularly, I would like to praise the operation UNIFIER and material support Ukraine receives from Canada. There is a very high level of confidence between our countries and we hope for development of cooperation.”

He also announced that during visit of the Minister of National Defence of Canada to Ukraine this month they will discuss further cooperation and practical aspects of realization of Agreement on Defence Cooperation between Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Ministry of National Defence of Canada and Armed Forces of Canada.
... and this (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/09/13/senior-adviser-jill-sinclair-canada-supports-ukraine-and-welcomes-ukraines-efforts-to-approach-nato/):
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Senior Adviser Jill Sinclair: Canada supports Ukraine and welcomes Ukraine’s efforts to approach NATO

Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Senior Adviser Jill Sinclair (Canada). The parties discussed the reforms of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry and further cooperation between Ukraine and Canada. The Defence Minister stressed that all initiated reforms were implemented as scheduled. “Currently, we are developing the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Gen. Poltorak said, “Financial reform will also allow us to raise the interest of people to military service.” Stepan Poltorak thanked Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Mr Roman Waschuk assistance provided by Canada for construction of the Law Enforcement Training Centre in Lviv. Jill Sinclair underscored that Canada supported Ukraine and welcomes Ukraine’s efforts to approach NATO.

2)  Translation services contract awarded to UK firm (https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2017/09/13/leeds-language-communications-firm-wins-canadian-armed-forces-contract) ...
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Leeds language communications firm wins Canadian Armed Forces contract
Nick Hill, bdaily.co.uk, 13 Sept 2017

thebigword, the Leeds-based language services provider, has secured a new contract to deliver interpreting services to the Canadian Armed Forces in Ukraine.

From October, thebigword will provide interpreters to support a CAF mission to train Ukrainian troops.

Operation UNIFIER was launched in response to requests from the Ukraine government to assist Ukrainian armed forces with military training and help improve and build military capacity.

The tech company’s linguists will be on hand 365 days per year and will also have the scope of linguists to cover any surge requirements.

The Canadian government has deployed 200 CAF members to the Ukraine and will continue to provide training until March 2019.

UNIFIER’S intent is to help Ukraine remain sovereign, secure and stable.

Larry Gould, CEO of thebigword, said: “Our defence division is in now in its sixth year and we provide organisations and governments with the specialist language support they need in often challenging circumstances.

“We know that our work helps to save lives and so I am delighted that we are able to support the Canadian Armed Forces in this important training mission in Ukraine.”

thebigword founded its defence division in 2012. It provides trained and security cleared expert linguists for sensitive and difficult assignments in conflict zones across the world.

The defence division serves clients including NATO, the UK Ministry of Defence, the US Department of Defense and BAE Systems.
Company's 11 Sept 2017 news release (https://en-us.thebigword.com/news/interpreting-for-the-canadian-armed-forces) also attached.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 18, 2017, 06:13:18
New commander takes over (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/09/new_commander_toleadoperationunifierinukraine.html) ...
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Today (16 Sept 2017), Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) held a ceremony to welcome Lieutenant-Colonel Kristopher Reeves, who assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine.

As commander of JTF-U, Lieutenant-Colonel Reeves commands approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with the mission to conduct training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas such as tactical army skills, leadership development, explosive ordnance disposal, battlefield medical aid, military police skills, and logistics modernization. Since the start of the mission in September 2015, more than 5580 Ukrainian Armed Forces members have participated in training provided by the CAF via some 140 course serials.

Operation UNIFIER is providing military training and capacity building to Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability.

Quotes

    “I’m proud to welcome Lieutenant-Colonel Kristopher Reeves, the incoming Commander of Operation UNIFIER. The Canadian Armed Forces men and women deployed in Ukraine will benefit from his leadership and experience to continue delivering outstanding training to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. I would also like to commend Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki and his troops for their dedication to this training mission and for their professionalism during their deployment in Ukraine.”

        —    Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

    “After months of preparation, this new Task Force brings together motivated and highly experienced soldiers from across the Canadian Armed Forces who are ready to face head on the challenges and opportunities of this training mission in Ukraine. We look forward to building on the exceptional work of our Canadian colleagues in promoting security in the region through the capacity building and training of our friends and partners in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

        —  Lieutenant-Colonel Kristopher Reeves, incoming Commander, Joint Task Force - Ukraine

    “For almost seven months, Chief Warrant Officer Rob Clarke and I have had the honour and privilege of leading Canadian soldiers during Operation UNIFIER. We are deeply proud of the progress that has been achieved by the men and women of this Task Force. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are well on their way to NATO compatibility, in part because of the hard work of our Canadian Armed Forces members here in Ukraine, and that is an outstanding legacy to be a part of.”

        —  Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki, outgoing Commander, Joint Task Force - Ukraine

Quick Facts

    Deployed members come from all parts of Canada to leverage specific skillsets and capabilities to ensure the success of the training program. Today’s ceremony marks the transition between Rotations 3 and 4, with this rotation being comprised of CAF members primarily from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based in Petawawa, Ontario.

    The training provided by the CAF, in coordination with our allies, contributes to enhance the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ self-sufficiency in training delivery and their ability to conduct military operations across the full spectrum of conflict.

    By participating in this training mission, the CAF is helping to develop the professionalism and modernize the capacity of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, supporting Ukrainian aspirations to achieve NATO interoperability by 2020.

    Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, ensures the CAF is prepared to engage in capacity building to support the security of other nations and their ability to contribute to security abroad.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Kristopher Reeves is an Infantry Officer and a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and of the Joint Command and Staff Program. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. He has previously deployed on large domestic support operations here in Canada, a unit exchange to the UK, major international exercises in the US, and two Battle Group rotations to Afghanistan ...
Pix (second photo - incoming commander speaking by podium -- Photo credit:  Joint Task Force - Ukraine) attached.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 23, 2017, 06:41:17
Some photos from the 15 Sept 2017 opening of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Military Law and Order Service Academy in Lviv attached (photo credit:  CAF Joint Task Force - Ukraine).
Info-machine captions:
1 -- "Canadian Armed Forces Major N. Flight, Deputy Commanding Officer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Military Law and Order Service Academy is shown during the academy’s opening ceremony on September 15, 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine."
2 -- "Canadian Armed Forces members take part in the opening ceremony of the new Academy of Military Law and Order Service in Lviv, Ukraine, on Friday, 15 September 2017. "
3 -- "Commander Joint Task Force-Ukraine, LCol K. Reeves (R) and  Major N. Flight (L), Deputy Commanding Officer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Military Law and Order Service Academy during briefings following the academy’s opening ceremony on September 15, 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine."
4 -- " Ukrainian Military Police Use of Force Training demonstration following the opening ceremony of the new Academy of Military Law and Order Service in Lviv, Ukraine, on Friday, 15 September 2017. "
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 26, 2017, 11:37:33
Since SAT INT was mentioned earlier in this thread, I'm sharing this here ...

A touch of backstory:  Team Blue started sharing satellite with UKR (in spite of some worries it could end up in RUS hands (http://nationalpost.com/news/world/russian-infiltration-of-ukrainian-military-complicates-canadian-training-mission)) in early 2015 (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-to-give-satellite-imagery-to-ukrainian-military/article22978830/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&).  Team Red stopped the flow of sat imagery as of May 2016 reportedly due to, depending on who you believe, "carefully considering the utility of this contribution — compared to Canada’s many other forms of assistance to Ukraine" (Global Affairs info-machine) or "budgetary constaints" (UKR envoy to CAN quoted in UKR media) (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/does-canadas-decision-to-cut-off-ukraine-from-184418723.html).

Now, here's the latest ...

In other developments, CAN's reportedly helping develop a policing school in UKR (http://mil.in.ua/kanada-dopomozhe-zapustyty-policeysku-akademiyu-v-ukrayini/) (links to UKR MoD info-machine article in Ukrainian), CAN's DefMin's dropping by UKR this week (https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/canadian-defense-minister-visit-kyiv-september-26.html), and members of the Commons Standing Committee on National Defence (http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/NDDN/Members) met with #UKR's DefMin & visited some facilities - more on the latter here (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/09/25/minister-of-defence-of-ukraine-holds-talks-with-canadas-members-of-parliament/), here (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2017/09/25/canadas-members-of-parliament-visit-international-peacekeeping-and-security-centre-in-ukraine/) (UKR MoD info-machine photos attached), here (http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450866.html) and here (http://112.international/politics/parliamentarians-of-ukraine-canada-discuss-issue-of-un-peacekeepers-21041.html).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on September 29, 2017, 07:03:15
From the joint info-machines ...
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The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence - Joint Statement to Ukrainian Media with Ukraine’s Minister of Defence (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/09/the_honourable_harjitssajjanministerofnationaldefence-jointstate.html)
Speech
From National Defence
Please check against delivery
Kyiv, Ukraine
September 26, 2017


General Poltorak, Members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Members of the media.

Ladies and gentlemen, Good afternoon. 

It is a great pleasure to be back in Ukraine.

This is my second visit to your beautiful country as Canada’s Minister of National Defence. 
I would first like to thank my friend and counterpart, General Poltorak, for the very warm welcome I’ve received here today in Kyiv. Thank you, General.

The General and I had a very productive discussion today. We talked about the shared values and strong bonds of friendship between our two countries.

We also spoke about areas where we can expand our defence cooperation.

These bonds of friendship are rooted in generations of Ukrainian migration to Canada. For more than 125 years, almost our entire history as a country, Ukrainians have settled across Canada.

And today, there are roughly 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent living in Canada. That’s why Canada is one of the most Ukrainian countries in the world—outside of Ukraine itself.

Personally, I have been learning more about Ukrainian culture by getting to know members of the Ukrainian-Canadian community. I have had the pleasure seeing first-hand just how much Ukrainians enrich Canada’s cultural life.

You have a great friend in Canada, and we are proud to call your country a valued partner and trusted ally.

25 years have passed since our two countries established diplomatic ties. Today they are stronger than ever.

And we will continue to build that bond of fellowship by strenghthening these historic ties — economically, diplomatically and militarily.

For example…

Last month, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement took effect. That is great news for both of our countries. The Agreement creates jobs and opportunities in vital sectors of our economies, like Information Technology.

In April, General Poltorak and I signed the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement in Ottawa.

This Arrangement allows us to work more closely on issues of mutual security and defence, and better support each other. It also shows Canada’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.

Back in March, I was proud to announce the extension of Operation UNIFIER. This Canadian Armed Forces mission in western Ukraine has trained nearly 6,000 Ukrainian soldiers. Its mandate runs until the end of March 2019.

This operation is not a one-way transfer of knowledge.

Our two militaries are learning from each other every day.

And we are also providing strategic advice on Ukraine’s defence reform process through our participation in the Defence Reform Advisory Board.

Canada remains fully committed to providing assistance to Ukraine, helping to preserve and protect its sovereignty through Operation UNIFIER and through our defence reform assistance efforts.

Canada’s support for Ukraine is in complete alignment with our government’s new defence policy…

…a policy that promotes active engagement for a better world beyond our shores.

…a policy that supports nations like Ukraine in your efforts to secure your borders and strengthen your civil society.

Ladies and gentlemen, President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Trudeau issued a joint statement last Friday. It reaffirmed the strong and enduring ties between our two countries, and it reinforced our shared commitment to continue deepening our relationship.

The people of Ukraine can count on Canada’s unwavering support.

You have been an integral part of our country for the last 125 years, and we are proud to help you build your future.

We will continue to stand in full solidarity with you.

Because that’s what good friends and trusted partners do.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Mr. Gigglesworth on October 23, 2017, 21:45:42
The rotations that followed mine have a much bigger sand box to play in.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: garb811 on May 19, 2018, 19:02:28
Russians trying to stir things up a bit...

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Feds deny Russian rumours that 3 Canadian soldiers were killed in Ukraine (https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/feds-deny-russian-rumours-that-3-canadian-soldiers-were-killed-in-ukraine-1.3936488)
CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 7:01PM EDT

Federal officials have flatly denied online rumours circulated by Russian social media accounts that three Canadian soldiers working in Ukraine were killed by a landmine.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces told CTV News that the claims are totally false, and that there are no Canadians who have been injured or killed.

The false claim appears to have been first reported on a Russian-language website that cites the pro-Russian group the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). The separatist group, which receives financial backing from Russia, was declared a terrorist group by Ukraine in 2015.

The report falsely claims that three NATO servicemen from Canada were killed by a landmine near Avdeyevka, a Ukrainian community near the Russian border. The report also claims that two American soldiers were injured in the blast.

More at link...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Lumber on August 08, 2018, 09:29:11
I was just reading about the war in Donbass and couldn't help but be flabbergasted by the how soundly it seemed like the Ukrainian military got it's *** handed to it by a the rebels (acknowledging that the rebels were heavily supported by Russia).

That being said, I was wondering if anyone who's deployed to Op UNIFIER had any anecdotes about the Ukrainian Armed Forces? Any stories about things they did really well or really BAD, or just interesting things about how they do business?

Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MilEME09 on August 08, 2018, 10:20:31
I was just reading about the war in Donbass and couldn't help but be flabbergasted by the how soundly it seemed like the Ukrainian military got it's *** handed to it by a the rebels (acknowledging that the rebels were heavily supported by Russia).

That being said, I was wondering if anyone who's deployed to Op UNIFIER had any anecdotes about the Ukrainian Armed Forces? Any stories about things they did really well or really BAD, or just interesting things about how they do business?

This is second hand, but I heard a story that we trained a ukrainian company on what do to when coming under artillery attack, most of them apparently ****ed us off and said we didn't know what we were talking about. That company went went to Donbas, got hit by arty, and only a handful came back uninjured or not killed. They came back to reinforce that the Canadians should be listened to.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: daftandbarmy on August 08, 2018, 10:42:45
This is second hand, but I heard a story that we trained a ukrainian company on what do to when coming under artillery attack, most of them apparently ****ed us off and said we didn't know what we were talking about. That company went went to Donbas, got hit by arty, and only a handful came back uninjured or not killed. They came back to reinforce that the Canadians should be listened to.

You can lead a horse to water....  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on January 20, 2019, 11:30:45
From the UKR Defence Intelligence info-machine -- in Ukrainian (http://bit.ly/2RYvz0f), and in Google English (http://bit.ly/2sE1PHO) ...
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The intelligence training program will be updated
January 16, 2019

In the latest methods of training soldiers taken into account the combat experience of the leading armies of the world

A specially created working group is involved in the development of qualification standards and the training program for the professional training of intelligence officers in the military intelligence training center. The work continues, in particular, with the support of the mission of the Canadian Forces "Op UNIFIER".

According to the latest techniques that take into account the combat experience of the use of intelligence units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the leading armies of the world, individual training of soldiers and training in units will be carried out.
UKR-supplied photo attached
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 20, 2019, 23:13:57
Via the UKR MoD info-machine, coverage of 2 Can Div's boss visit (article in Ukrainian (http://bit.ly/2T6NYZ7), translation below via Google Translate) ...
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Commander of the 2nd Division of the Armed Forces of Canada, General Jenny Karignan visited the contingent of Operation UNIFIER and the WSP Training Center
Yesterday at 16:50 | ID: 47503 | Views: 598

In Lviv, during the study visit, Commander of the 2nd Division of the Armed Forces of Canada, General Jenny Karigan, acquainted with the infrastructure, capabilities of the International Center for Peacemaking and Safety of the National Academy of Land Forces named after Hetman Petra Sagaidachnyk, and inspected the objects of the educational and material base.

In addition, General Jenny Karignan met with Canadian Armed Forces who, for a long time, provided methodical and practical assistance in training Ukrainian servicemen on NATO standards.

During a meeting with the leadership, teaching staff, officers and students of the 25th WSP Training Center, General Jenny Karignan, commander of the UNIFIER training mission, Lt. Col. Pierre Lerou discussed with their Ukrainian counterparts a series of topics on the role of women in the security forces of both countries.

In particular, the discussion focused on the issues "Women in the struggle for peace", "Gender equality in life, politics and family", "Woman and service in army units", "Women's service in the Training Center of the Military Service of Law and Order".

The commander of the 2nd Division of the Armed Forces of Canada, General Jenny Karigan, noted the conditions under which the training of the students and the high level of training of the instructors of the Training Center of the WWW are conducted.

By the way, Brigadier General Jenny Carignan is the first woman with a higher officer rank who has gone through a thorny career of professional growth in combat units. In particular, as a deputy and subsequently a commanding officer of the engineering unit, he carried out the task of demining the territories in Bosnia, together with his subordinates successfully completed his mission in Afghanistan. She is the winner of the international achievement award, and in 2011 she is recognized as one of the 100 most influential women in Canada.
Attached pix via UKR MoD.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: MCG on February 21, 2019, 11:12:06
I was just reading about the war in Donbass and couldn't help but be flabbergasted by the how soundly it seemed like the Ukrainian military got it's *** handed to it by a the rebels (acknowledging that the rebels were heavily supported by Russia).
The Ukrainian Army was dominating until it got touched by batteries of BM-21.  Ukraine was beat by the Russian war machine, not by rebels or not-Russian soldiers (as many of the rebels were).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 21, 2019, 21:07:19
Another Canadian visitor (http://bit.ly/2txPrtq) ...
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The Canadian Joint Operations Command Commander visited the International Peacemaking and Security Center
 
Yesterday at 13:10 | ID: 47558 | Views: 11

On Thursday, February 21, the Canadian Forces delegation headed by The Canadian Joint Operations Command Commander Lieutenant-General Michael Rouleau visited International Peacemaking and Security Center (IPSC) for of the National Ground Forces Academy.

The Canadian Forces guests met and discussed the further cooperation with the Academy Commander Lieutenant-General Pavlo Tkachuk and the leadership of the IPSC. The military delegation also visited the IPSC training facilities and the trainees’ classes.

Lieutenant-General Michael Rouleau highly commended the achievements of the National Academy and the IPSC staff in the development of training infrastructure and combat units preparation.
Photo credit for attached pix:  UKR MoD
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on February 25, 2019, 22:46:12
This (https://yhoo.it/2Ve19VM) from The Canadian Press ...
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Ukraine asks Canada to send message to Russia by extending military mission
The Canadian Press
February 25, 2019


kraine is asking Canada to send a "strong signal" to Russia by extending and expanding the Canadian military's training mission there.

In an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday, Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko expressed confidence that Canada would renew the military mission, whose mandate is up at the end of March.

But the sooner an extension and expansion to Operation Unifier, as the mission is known, is announced, the better, he said.

"One of the ideas behind this Operation Unifier from the very beginning was to send a very strong signal to Russia to deter them and to make sure that they understand that Ukraine has very strong support at the international level," Shevchenko said.

"So the earlier we send this signal and the louder we say this, the stronger the signal should be. That is why we have always encouraged our Canadian partners to go ahead with the announcement of the renewal as quickly as possible."

(...)

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in November 2017 that Canada was leading a diplomatic push for a peacekeeping mission to Ukraine. Spokesman Adam Austen said Freeland and others have since raised it with a variety of countries.

Conservative defence critic James Bezan last week said the Tories are also in favour of a UN mission ...
More @ link
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: comfortablynumb on February 25, 2019, 23:04:11
Another Canadian visitor (http://bit.ly/2txPrtq) ...Photo credit for attached pix:  UKR MoD

Comd CJOC - if you are are reading this, your fans love the beard!

 :nod:
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 19, 2019, 10:07:08
Three more years (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2019/03/canada-extends-its-military-training-mission-in-ukraine.html) -- this from the DND info-machine ...
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Canada extends its military training mission in Ukraine
From: National Defence
News release
March 18, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces


Canada is a leader in the international community’s support for the people of Ukraine.

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada is extending Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces military training mission in Ukraine, until the end of March 2022. While Ukraine’s defence and security forces continue to make considerable progress, ongoing insecurity in the region underscores the importance and relevance of Canada’s military mission.

Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces will continue to provide military training and capacity building assistance to Ukraine’s defence and security forces. The training provided by the Canadian Armed Forces directly helps Ukraine’s defence and security forces to uphold domestic security and territorial integrity, contributing to regional and international stability.

Operation UNIFIER supports Ukraine’s broader reform agenda and contributes to current Canadian efforts that invest in democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine.

Quotes

    “Today’s announcement reaffirms Canada's steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and our commitment to global security. Canada’s commitment to Ukraine is unequivocal and unwavering. With the renewal of Operation UNIFIER, the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces are playing a key role in helping build, develop and modernize the capabilities of Ukraine’s defence and security forces.”

    The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

    “The people of Ukraine know they can count on Canada. Operation UNIFIER is an essential part of our multifaceted support to Ukraine. We are steadfast in our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as it works toward a stable, democratic and prosperous future. That is why Canada is also proud to host the third annual Ukraine Reform Conference in July this year.”

    The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

    Canada continues to provide a broad range of assistance (development, financial, humanitarian, non-lethal military) to Ukraine, totaling more than $750 million since January 2014.

    The Canadian Armed Forces supports the professional development of Ukraine’s defence and security forces through a range of training activities including combined arms training, military engineering, logistics, military policing, and medical training.

    Under Operation UNIFIER, Canada deploys approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to Ukraine.

    Since the start of the training in September 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces has trained more than 10,800 Ukrainian service members to be self-sufficient in their training delivery and in the conduct of military operations.

    On March 15, 2019, Canada announced, in coordination with the European Union and the United States, new sanctions in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Black Sea and Kerch Strait, Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and to the destabilization of eastern Ukraine.

    From July 2 to 4, 2019, Canada will host the third Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto. The conference will bring together, among others, foreign ministers from the European Union, the G7 and NATO countries to support Ukraine and its people, in meeting their ambitious democratic and economic reform programme and Euro-Atlantic goals ...
Bit more @ link
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 19, 2019, 11:39:39
Three more years (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2019/03/canada-extends-its-military-training-mission-in-ukraine.html) -- this from the DND info-machine ...Bit more @ link
... and the UKR MoD version (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2019/03/18/ministers-of-defense-of-ukraine-and-canada-discussed-further-cooperation/):
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Ministers of Defense of Ukraine and Canada discussed further cooperation during the telephone conversation
2019-03-18 19:15:00 | ID: 48298

A telephone conversation between the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and the Minister of National Defense of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan took place.

During the conversation, defense ministers of the partner countries discussed the security situation in the world and in Ukraine as well as agreed plans for further cooperation of defense agencies.

"Despite the challenges connected with Russian aggression, we do not stop reforming the agency and will not change the country's course towards EU and NATO. I have no doubt that our reforms will be successful, " - Stepan Poltorak said during a conversation and invited Mr. Sajjan to visit Ukraine officially.

Minister of National Defense of Canada emphasized that the Government of Canada decided to extend the term of UNIFIER mission in Ukraine for a period of three years. Such a decision is a powerful signal of Canada’s support to Ukraine.

- We will continue to send powerful messages to the world community to support your country on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration and insist on the release of Ukrainian servicemen who were illegally captured by the Russian Federation in November last year, " - Mr. Sajjan said.

During the dialogue, Minister of National Defense of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan invited Stepan Poltorak to take part in an international Ukraine reforms conference that will take place in Toronto this July.

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak expressed words of gratitude to the Parliament, the Government and the people of Canada for the consistent principled support of Ukraine on all international sites as well as for the provision of another package of logistical assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 27, 2019, 15:18:02
Canada sends Ukraine some military police cars - DND-info-machine version (https://ml-fd.caf-fac.ca/en/2019/03/26082) ...
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On Sunday March 17th, 2019, the parade square of the 25th Military Law and Order Service (MLOS) Training Centre saw a new formation – 56 police vehicles formed around the perimeter, each with lights flashing and newly emblazoned crests of the MLOS. This unique event was the culmination of a project that began in 2017 between Canadian and Ukrainian Military Police, as they worked to rebuild the 25th MLOS Training Centre, and indeed the military police capability within the country.

The vehicles are one part of a $1.2M donation project. This includes computers and training equipment that was initiated under the umbrella of Operation UNIFIER. Operation UNIFIER is the recently renewed Canadian Armed Forces mission to support the Security Forces of Ukraine. Most precisely, this donation will enhance the training capability at the training centre in Lviv and at the MLOS’ regional training detachments across Ukraine.

“This equipment will improve the effectiveness of training and increase operational capabilities by keeping pace with the needs of a growing organization, while contributing to the ongoing efforts to strengthen and reform the MLOS,”.said Captain Bernard Caron, Officer Commanding the Military Police Training Group. As the Deputy Commander of the 25th MLOS Training Centre, Captain Caron will be able to see the impact of this donation first-hand ...
... and a UKR media version (https://ukropnews24.com/canada-gave-apu-more-than-fifty-suvs/) a week or so earlier, right after the event.
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Canada gave 56 units of vehicles for the needs of the units of the military police of the Armed forces of Ukraine.

More than 50 units of vehicles, the representatives of the training of the mission operations UNIFIER from the canadian Armed forces transferred for needs of units of the military police of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This was reported by press service of the defense Ministry.

“We bought a 56 Ford cars of various modifications, which made it possible to perform a wide range of tasks – from transporting personnel, patrolling, off-road terrain. The part of the transferred equipment will remain in Lviv and will be used in the interests of the training center GSP,” said the officer of the military police of the canadian armed forces Bern Karon.

Stated that from now on the Ukrainian military, law enforcement officers will be more modern vehicles, because all vehicles for the 2018 model year.

At the same time, the head of the training center 25 VSP Mat Oleg Kernitsky noted that the assistance from Canada will greatly enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian divisions ...
More @ links

Photo credit for attached pix: Captain Bernie Caron
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 28, 2019, 16:01:45
Not _strictly_ Op UNIFIER, but still in the area -- HMCS Toronto dropping by Odessa (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-elections/2669043-nato-ships-to-stay-in-black-sea-during-presidential-elections-in-ukraine-photos.html) (via UKR media)...
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NATO ships will stay in the Black Sea during the elections of the President of Ukraine and the vote counting.

"During the elections of the President of Ukraine and the vote counting, the ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and some others will stay in the Black Sea. Now we have information about the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) and the Spanish Navy frigate Santa Maria (F-81)," Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Andrii Klymenko wrote on Facebook with reference to the information of the monitoring group of the Institute for Black Sea Strategic Studies, the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and the BlackSeaNews.net editorial staff ...
More @ link

More details, in Ukrainian, at the Canadian Embassy's FB event page here (https://www.facebook.com/events/2632130436803865/).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Eye In The Sky on March 28, 2019, 16:17:46
From the CAF Operations FB Page (https://www.facebook.com/CAFOperations/photos/a.277293098964679/2533376816689618/?type=3&theater):

For three weeks, we’re joining our NATO allies in the Black Sea. Starting today, HMCS Toronto will be conducting exercises and patrols with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.

* She's sailing with a CH-148 AIRDET.


Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 29, 2019, 13:45:34
Via UKR's MoD info-machine (original in Ukrainian (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2019/03/29/kanadski-vijskovi-instruktori-saperi-7-i-rotaczii-zavershili-svoyu-misiyu-u-czentri-rozminuvannya/) - translation below via Google Translate):
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Canadian military instructors, seamstresses of the 7th rotation completed their mission at the Demining Center
1 hour ago | ID: 48618

Today, March 29, in Kamyanets-Podilsky, the military personnel of the Mine Center of the Main Directorate of Operational Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine farewell to the personnel of the Joint Task Force of the Armed Forces of Canada for this rotation.

The 7th rotation of Canadian military personnel was at the Demining Center from September 2018, helping Ukrainian colleagues develop and implement new opportunities for improving the training of counter-explosive devices experts (AMPs) in accordance with NATO standards.

Oleg Hawryliuk, Deputy Chief of the Center for Demining, thanked the commander of the Joint Task Force Major Samantha Laplant and his subordinates for cooperation, understanding, competence and professionalism, Carrying out Canadian colleagues.

- Our joint, semi-annual cooperation will forever remain a pleasant memories in the hearts of every soldier of the Center for Mine clearance, because you have become real friends for the whole period of your stay in Kamyanets-Podilsky, "added the officer.

In turn, Major Samantha Laplant thanked the staff of the Mine Center for a warm and welcoming reception and noted that the visit to Ukraine left her unforgettable positive impressions about both the state as a whole and Ukrainians in particular.

At the end of the meeting, servicemen exchanged memorable souvenirs and gifts and photographed in memory.

It should be noted that the personnel of the new rotation of Canadian servicemen will begin operations at the Mine Center in the first decade of April.
Photos courtesy of UKR MoD
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 29, 2019, 16:15:15
Not _strictly_ Op UNIFIER, but still in the area -- HMCS Toronto dropping by Odessa (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-elections/2669043-nato-ships-to-stay-in-black-sea-during-presidential-elections-in-ukraine-photos.html) (via UKR media)...More @ link

More details, in Ukrainian, at the Canadian Embassy's FB event page here (https://www.facebook.com/events/2632130436803865/).
From the CAF Operations FB Page (https://www.facebook.com/CAFOperations/photos/a.277293098964679/2533376816689618/?type=3&theater):

For three weeks, we’re joining our NATO allies in the Black Sea. Starting today, HMCS Toronto will be conducting exercises and patrols with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.

* She's sailing with a CH-148 AIRDET.
And, a bit of company ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: garb811 on March 29, 2019, 19:33:46
Canada sends Ukraine some military police cars - DND-info-machine version (https://ml-fd.caf-fac.ca/en/2019/03/26082) ...... and a UKR media version (https://ukropnews24.com/canada-gave-apu-more-than-fifty-suvs/) a week or so earlier, right after the event.More @ links

Photo credit for attached pix: Captain Bernie Caron
Pretty cool that we've managed to give the Ukrainian MP a newer white fleet than what Canadian MP are blessed with...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Journeyman on March 30, 2019, 10:15:31
Pretty cool that we've managed to give the Ukrainian MP a newer white fleet than what Canadian MP are blessed with...
How many Canadian-Ukrainian votes are up for grabs versus Canadian MP votes?

/cynicism    Nahh, that wasn't actually cynical.    ;)
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on March 30, 2019, 10:45:58
Am I the only one who noticed that the DND release talks about the cars donated to the training centre, and pictures the small Ford fusion vehicles with trainees in their green vests beside them, while the UKR release talks about the four-wheel drive and transit vans vehicles for special police functions and shows the trained UKR MP's?

 ;D
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Rifleman62 on March 30, 2019, 11:11:42
They are probably "Green" electric vehicles with no place to plug them in.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on March 30, 2019, 12:54:29
Am I the only one who noticed that the DND release talks about the cars donated to the training centre, and pictures the small Ford fusion vehicles with trainees in their green vests beside them, while the UKR release talks about the four-wheel drive and transit vans vehicles for special police functions and shows the trained UKR MP's?

 ;D
Since I don't see 50+ vehicles in the pix they've shared, it's possible some of the other vehicles may fit the UKR description.

Also, what you're reading here from UKR's info-machine is a Google translation from the Ukrainian (I haven't seen an official UKR MoD English translation yet).  It's better than nothing, but based on my experience with translating other languages, the granular details may not match the Ukrainian nuances. 
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 01, 2019, 14:58:17
"Everyone with blue eyes who speaks Ukrainian, raise your hands ...."  ;D
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A long deployment away from home is nothing unusual for Canadian sailors. There are certain constants they can look forward to, like the daily routines of life at sea, camaraderie with shipmates, and hot soup every morning.

For a group of Royal Canadian Navy members currently deployed on Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine, however, the experience has been a little different.

The mission, which has been ongoing since 2015, focuses in large part on training and support to the Security Forces of Ukraine. This is currently being supported by members of the Canadian Army’s 1e Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment.

Entering the Army environment can be an adjustment for those with Navy backgrounds.

The Trident, the Maritime Forces Atlantic newspaper based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, recently spoke with some of the sailors who have been in Ukraine since mid-September, 2018 as part of Op UNIFIER ROTO 6. For operational security reasons, they will be referred to only by their rank and trade.

“One of the big differences is just that nobody knows what your rank is called,” said a Lieutenant (Navy) working in the Intelligence Section. “You’re just a little different from everybody else, and people might look at you a little strangely until a couple of months pass, people get to know you, and you become part of the team.” ...
More from the CAN Army info-machine here (http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/news-publications/national-news-details-no-menu.page?doc=multi-lingual-canadian-sailors-interpret-for-army-trainers-on-operation-unifier/jtk98hnr).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 03, 2019, 11:58:38
From the CAF Operations FB Page (https://www.facebook.com/CAFOperations/photos/a.277293098964679/2533376816689618/?type=3&theater):

For three weeks, we’re joining our NATO allies in the Black Sea. Starting today, HMCS Toronto will be conducting exercises and patrols with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.

* She's sailing with a CH-148 AIRDET.
Here's some photos of HMCS Toronto in Odessa, via the UKR MoD's info-machine (source (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2019/04/01/nato-maritime-group-ships-arrived-in-odessa/)).
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: Cloud Cover on April 03, 2019, 19:41:31
TOR was laid down 30 yrs ago this month. It’s good to see her still getting about.
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on April 13, 2019, 19:38:18
This, via UKR media (https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2679886-canadian-mp-nato-submarines-may-unexpectedly-appear-in-black-sea.html), from the Conservative defence critic James Bezan, at a security conference in Ukraine ...
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... "We should also increase our presence in the Black Sea. We even talk about the submarines, which are now in the Mediterranean Sea but may also ‘unexpectedly’ appear in the Black Sea. If we have agreements and conventions on our participation in certain efforts in the Black Sea basin, we will do it," ... If it is not done, then, in the opinion of the politician, "Putin will try to advance further in the territory of a foreign country."  "We need to move forward, strengthen Ukraine, giving it more training in terms of military capabilities, training of personnel. Ukraine is indeed the ‘shield’ that protects the Western world from what is coming from the East" ...
... and this summary from RUS state media (https://sputniknews.com/europe/201904121074084488-canadian-mp-nato-submarines-black-sea/):
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... Canadian lawmaker James Bezan has suggested redeploying NATO submarines from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea during his speech at the Kiev Security Forum. In his opinion such measures would help stop the supposed potential "advance" of Russian forces. The politician didn't specify which "advance" he was talking about.  Bezan also called for increasing the amount of military technologies and weapons sent to Ukraine, as well as providing its troops with more training. He pointed out that NATO states possess weaponry that can be of use for Kiev in its battle in the country's east ...
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on June 03, 2019, 15:01:20
CAN tps helping train UKR NCO's - this, via Google Translate, from the UKR MoD info-machine ...
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NATO experts visited the NCOs
5 hours ago | ID: 50147

A visit to Ukraine of NATO experts on development of a professional sergeant corps and personnel training took place in Ukraine.

The visit was part of the NATO Defense Education Enhancement Program - NCO Ukraine. From the Ukrainian side, participation in the work was received by the Chief Executive Officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, chief officers of the Armed Forces, representatives of the Office of the NCO with the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and training centers of the NCO.

The purpose of the event was to assess the effectiveness of the activities of the nurse training centers, the compliance of the personnel training process with the principles and standards adopted by the Alliance, and provide recommendations for the further development of the centers.

In general, foreign specialists noted significant progress in the development of centers and training systems for Ukrainian sergeants, in particular, they noted improvements in staffing of instructor positions, increased training and methodological skills of instructors, improvement of infrastructure and teaching material resources, improvement of curricula of leadership courses and instructor courses at all levels.

According to the results of the work, NATO experts provided a number of recommendations for the further development of the training centers of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Informational edition of the Information Agency of the Ministry of Defense (Vinnytsya)
Link to original article (in Ukrainian) here (http://www.mil.gov.ua/news/2019/06/03/eksperti-nato-vidvidali-czentri-pidgotovki-serzhantskogo-skladu/).

Attached photo credit:  UKR MoD
Title: Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
Post by: milnews.ca on July 12, 2019, 08:39:54
RUS gov't picking on Canada ...
... and the Mounties grow their help (https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/canada-increases-police-deployments-to-ukraine-1028335615):
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is pleased to coordinate the extension and expansion of Canadian police deployments to Ukraine. Following a renewed commitment by the Government of Canada to support Ukraine's reform agenda, up to 45 Canadian police will deploy to the country, more than doubling the previous maximum of 20. The additional deployments will extend an additional two years, to 2021.  Canadian police deployed to Ukraine serve in one of two missions: a bilateral mission with the National Police of Ukraine or the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform (EUAM Ukraine) ...

* - More on that here (https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/597364.html) (UKR media).