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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #225 on: February 06, 2020, 20:45:05 »
Canada's ambassador drops by (via the UKR MoD info-machine):
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JFO Commander held a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine
2020-02-05 13:30:00 | ID: 55557

February 4, Commander of the Joint Forces operation Lt. Gen. Volodymyr Kravchenko held a meeting with the Canadian delegation led by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the situation in the East of Ukraine, as well as the status and prospects of further cooperation in the defense sphere. Lt. Gen. Volodymyr Kravchenko praised the effectiveness of the Canadian military training mission UNIFIER, which has been operating in Ukraine for the fifth consecutive year.

In his report on the current security and operational situation in the JFO area, Lt. Gen. Volodymyr Kravchenko stressed that the Russian occupation troops continue to neglect their commitments to cease fire and the safety of civilians by shelling settlements, in particular using heavy weapons.

The process of disengagement of forces on the separate areas was also discussed during the meeting. Commander of the JFO noted that near some of them, the enemy periodically carries provocative fire against Ukrainian defenders in order to call a fire in response, to make photo and videotapes of shelling allegedly being conducted on Ukrainian part, as well as to continue to use these materials to blame Ukraine on an international arena for the ceasefire violation.

Canadian side expressed its concern about the state of affairs in the JFO area and assured the Commander of further assistance in countering to Russian armed aggression and in restoring peace in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

At the end of the meeting, Lt. Gen. Volodymyr Kravchenko expressed his gratitude to the Canadian side for the support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine and presented commemorative decorations to foreign guests.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #226 on: February 13, 2020, 21:28:34 »
The DefMin's meet (via UKR MoD info-machine):
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February 13, as part of a working visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk held a bilateral meeting with Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan.

The parties stressed the continuation of long-standing friendships and partnerships between the countries. Andriy Zagorodnyuk thanked his Canadian counterpart for comprehensive support for Ukraine in different areas, including for facilitation in multilateral QUINT format meetings with the heads of defense agencies of Great Britain, Canada, Poland, Lithuania and the United States, which took place yesterday.

During the dialogue, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine informed Harjit Singh Sajjan about the current situation in the East of Ukraine and the measures taken by the leadership of the state and the defense agency to ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

- Defense reform and the further development of capabilities of the Armed Forces are the main tools for deterring Russian armed aggression. To this end, the Government has developed and continues to implement the Government's Action Program, which sets out five strategic goals for the Ministry, - said the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

Andriy Zagorodnyuk and Harjit Singh Sajjan also discussed the current state of bilateral defense cooperation. In particular, during the period 2015-2020, within the framework of the activities of the Canadian military training mission in Ukraine, operation UNIFIER, more than 15000 Ukrainian servicemen and women were trained on the basis of four training centers in the territory of Ukraine. There are currently 195 Canadian instructors in Ukraine.

Within the framework of cooperation in the field of education and training, more than 800 service personnel and employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have successfully completed training in Canadian educational institutions. Today, six representatives of the Armed Forces are being trained in Canada.

Moreover, since 2015, the Canadian side has transferred to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine a mobile field hospital and four ambulances. Canadian doctors work on a voluntary basis at the Kyiv military hospital.

As a result of the meeting, Ministers identified perspective areas of bilateral defense cooperation, including: consultations on a political strategy regarding territorial integrity, political independence and security, cooperation within the framework of the operation UNIFIER, military-technical cooperation as well as continuation of advisory assistance.
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