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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #175 on: May 19, 2018, 18:02:28 »
Russians trying to stir things up a bit...

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Feds deny Russian rumours that 3 Canadian soldiers were killed in Ukraine
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.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #176 on: August 08, 2018, 08:29:11 »
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?

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #177 on: August 08, 2018, 09:20:31 »
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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #178 on: August 08, 2018, 09:42:45 »
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:
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #179 on: January 20, 2019, 10:30:45 »
From the UKR Defence Intelligence info-machine -- in Ukrainian, and in Google English ...
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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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #180 on: February 20, 2019, 22:13:57 »
Via the UKR MoD info-machine, coverage of 2 Can Div's boss visit (article in Ukrainian, 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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #181 on: February 21, 2019, 10:12:06 »
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).

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #182 on: February 21, 2019, 20:07:19 »
Another Canadian visitor ...
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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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #183 on: February 25, 2019, 21:46:12 »
This 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 ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #184 on: February 25, 2019, 22:04:11 »
Another Canadian visitor ...Photo credit for attached pix:  UKR MoD

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #185 on: March 19, 2019, 09:07:08 »
Three more years -- 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.

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    “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

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    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 ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #186 on: March 19, 2019, 10:39:39 »
Three more years -- this from the DND info-machine ...Bit more @ link
... and the UKR MoD version:
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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.
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