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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #200 on: April 13, 2019, 18:38:18 »
This, via UKR media, 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:
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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 ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #201 on: June 03, 2019, 14:01:20 »
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.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #202 on: July 12, 2019, 07:39:54 »
RUS gov't picking on Canada ...
... and the Mounties grow their help:
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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 (UKR media).
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #203 on: August 28, 2019, 21:41:36 »
Hmmmm, how the disinfo wheel turns ...

Here's one American officer's ALLEGED view of UKR troops @ a training complex where the Canadians are also working (text also attached in case the post disappears) ...
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My soldiers' efforts are focused on boosting Yavoriv Combat Training Center and training instructors to see the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian Ground Forces getting stronger each day. However from what I’ve seen here, I have to say, our training mission could be extended beyond 2020. It’s not about the training infrastructure and equipment. It’s mainly about Ukrainian soldiers.

Firstly, they don’t speak English. The truth is, they don't truly care about actually learning it. Given the amount they seem to care about English, my instructors need an extra platoon of interpreters during training. But it doesn't work in all cases. Thing is, they don't have a complete understanding of each other! They are kind of a mishmash of different folks being trained here. Some of them speak only Ukrainian or only Russian, whereas others can only speak Romanian or Hungarian.

Secondly, Ukrainian soldiers are lazy slackers who are reluctant to work, they tend to intentionally sabotage any move of their U.S. instructors. Taking into account their greed for money, one has to be aware that Ukrainian military tend to steal and sell anything once they think they have found a good deal.

Thirdly, heavy consumption of alcohol is a common event. All Ukrainian soldiers at Yavoriv Combat Training Center drink dangerously high levels of alcohol. With that in mind every time we had to start training with a BAC test. But that was of little help. Drunk Ukrainian soldiers who even couldn't stand up straight because of the booze were banned from training. Some of the training activities were either canceled or rescheduled. What struck me most is their commanders’ omission with regard to that improper behavior. Their unwillingness to tackle alcohol abuse suggests that they could be immersed in a culture of booze together with their subordinates.

Fourthly, most of Ukrainians are poorly educated and of low intellect. The easiest tasks seemed challenging for them. It’s no wonder taking into account that the majority of soldiers come from disadvantaged backgrounds whereas the best part of the population left the country for a better life abroad.

What really blew my mind, however, is not-so-casual corruption. Ukrainian soldiers have to pay bribes for any promotion – either to be promoted from private to corporal or from a lower to a higher position. Their superiors would definitely expect a bribe for that. There’s a certain pay rate depending on the rank and position.Ukrainian commanders take bribes without fear of disciplinary action being taken against them. And this is normal behavior throughout the Ukrainian army.
According to this account, a Lt. Col. Robert Tracy is the commander of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment and senior commander for Task Force Carentan, training UKR troops via the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine.

Today, via FB, the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine issued the attached statement, saying someone posing as the commander "attempted to discredit the mission and the armed forces of Ukraine".

Hmmm ....
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #204 on: August 29, 2019, 08:05:53 »
Clearly that guy didn't train Afghans, or any other indigenous force ever. I wonder if he thought that his blog wouldn't be used as propaganda in a theatre that's probably the most active for Information Operations save for an actual shooting war between the west and Russia? Probably the fastest way to build trust with your partner force is to publicly slag them.  :facepalm:

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #205 on: August 29, 2019, 08:58:02 »
… Probably the fastest way to build trust with your partner force is to publicly slag them.  :facepalm:
True dat.  Part of me thinks it's a bit of long-game disinfo (although if the person attributed to the posts knew he wasn't posting them, I suspect he'd have spoken up sooner - as of this post, the naughty blog post is still up), part of me thinks it might be a one-time one-post hijack of the page, and part of me actually thinks it might be one opinionated MF'er.  That's the beauty of good disinfo, I guess #OnlyHaveToRaiseDoubt
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #206 on: August 29, 2019, 09:23:46 »
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Probably the fastest way to build trust with your partner force is to publicly slag them.  :facepalm:
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #207 on: August 29, 2019, 09:53:13 »
Trust is fickle. They want money and kit.

So...just like us then.   ;D
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #208 on: August 29, 2019, 11:01:57 »
Another intriguing bit of info -- although the personal blog posts go back to January 2019, the personal profile shows someone by the right name has only been on Blogger since August of this year.

Hmmm ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #209 on: August 29, 2019, 11:25:31 »
It is fake, read some of the commentary from the Ukrainians.  A bunch of them laughed and called it fake.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #210 on: September 02, 2019, 14:15:52 »
. . .  That's the beauty of good disinfo, I guess #OnlyHaveToRaiseDoubt

Other characteristics of good disinformation/mal-information is amplification and repetition.  While a disinfo campaign may initiate the "fake news" and disseminate it, the ideal outcome is for the nugget to be picked up and repeated by the media (of the professional press or the social variety).  Not only does it add layers of separation from the originator, even if the repetition is accompanied by an analysis (hopefully that refutes the item) there will always be a percentage of viewers who accept the original story at face value (because of their own biases) or, more commonly, will read a portion of the repeated item and then, because of a poor attention span, not continue to dissect the item with a critical analysis.

I think that we here may have fallen into the trap (or I may nearly have, at least).  Army.ca (and its lesser service variations on a name  ;D ) is a somewhat respected site known for sometimes providing a reasonable analysis of military and political issues.  Yes, there are disagreements amongst us usual suspects, more commonly in the political threads, but most of the participants recognize the world for what it is, warts and all.  There is a danger that by quoting a "possible disinfo item" in its entirety, we assist our adversaries, especially if the bulk of the analysis refuting the item is primarily links.  I'll admit that I read through the quoted blog and thought "holy frig", and reverting to my Cold Warrior bias about former enemies was nearly ready to move on without thought about the quality of our new allies.  Thankfully, I didn't.

But not everyone who visits this site participates to the same level.  A lot quickly scan posts for a few seconds to see if anything interests then, with the possibility that their takeaway will be "I saw that on Army.ca, so it must be true".
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #211 on: September 02, 2019, 15:23:11 »
... there will always be a percentage of viewers who accept the original story at face value (because of their own biases) or, more commonly, will read a portion of the repeated item and then, because of a poor attention span, not continue to dissect the item with a critical analysis ... not everyone who visits this site participates to the same level.  A lot quickly scan posts for a few seconds to see if anything interests then, with the possibility that their takeaway will be "I saw that on Army.ca, so it must be true".
You're right - and this can also be said about all social media out there.  Biggest difference here, though, is I tend to trust the participant back-and-forth here to get "the rest of the story" WAY more than I do on other social media, hence the sharing. 

To use another example, in spite of regular posts highlighting false Taliban claims of Canadian casualties during the Afghan war here, I don't think tooooooo many folks thought, "I saw it on Army.ca, so it MUST be true"  ;D
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #212 on: October 10, 2019, 19:17:00 »
It seems there are some quite interesting characters with US military background that were involved in the fighting over there:

https://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-soldier-wanted-for-florida-killings-released-from-ukrainian-jail/30189764.html

As far as I know RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty is considered a reliable source (RFE/RL is registered with the IRS as a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c)3 corporation, and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) as a private grantee).

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Former U.S. Soldier Wanted For Florida Killings Released From Ukrainian Jail

KYIV -- A former U.S. Army soldier who is wanted for a double murder in Florida has been released from a Ukrainian jail, his lawyer said amid uncertainty over whether the United States will seek his extradition.

Craig Lang -- who fought for a Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary unit and is one of two U.S. Army veterans implicated in the killing of a couple in Florida in 2018 -- was freed on September 28, defense lawyer Dmitry Morhun told RFE/RL.

Morhun said September 29 that the court in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, where the hearing took place, also placed him under house arrest. Morhun said Lang does not face criminal charges in Ukraine.

Lang's Ukrainian fiancée, Anna Osipovich, told RFE/RL that the house arrest order was for 60 days.

Morhun said there was confusion over whether there was an official U.S. request for Lang’s extradition. He said prosecution documents had come from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv but were not translated into Ukrainian. Those documents were cited by the court in ordering Lang’s release.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv offered no immediate response to queries from RFE/RL.

Lang's case is one of a growing number involving U.S. military veterans, U.S.-based extremists, and white supremacist groups that have cultivated ties with Ukrainian far-right groups. Many of those Ukrainian groups' members have fought in the five-year war against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Florida, where the 2018 killing occurred, Lang and former U.S. Army soldier Alex Zwiefelhofer allegedly robbed a couple in Estero, Florida, in order to fund a plan to travel to Venezuela and fight with an anti-government resistance group there.

According to the complaint, Zwiefelhofer said he and Lang had fought in Ukraine alongside the far-right volunteer unit, Right Sector.

The complaint, which was unsealed earlier this month in a Florida federal court, said Zwiefelhofer was being held in a Wisconsin detention center while Lang was being held in Ukraine.

Kansas Bomb Plot

The 29-year-old Lang is also linked to another former U.S. soldier who allegedly was involved in a bomb plot and arrested on September 21 in Kansas.

That soldier, 24-year-old Jarrett William Smith, had asked Lang for help with traveling to Ukraine to fight for the Azov Battalion, another far-right paramilitary group.

Smith appeared in a U.S. federal court in Kansas on September 26 where he pleaded not guilty to charges of distributing information on explosives online and making threatening interstate communication.

Smith's attorney said his client was merely "spouting off" online, according to news reports.

Before his arrest for the alleged bomb plot, Smith had communicated over social media with Lang about coming to Ukraine, according to an FBI affidavit.

"No former military experience, but if I cannot find a slot in Ukraine by October I'll be going into the Army...To fight is what I want to do," Smith told Lang, according to the FBI.

Lang responded by saying he would forward Smith to "the guy that screens people."

'We Wanted To Be Married'

Lang’s fiancée, Osipovich, told RFE/RL that Lang was detained on either August 20 or 21 while he was returning to Ukraine from Moldova.

He had left Ukraine to receive a new stamp in his passport, Osipovich said, adding that a new stamp would allow him to extend his stay in Kyiv and obtain legal documents so the couple could marry.

Border guards detained Lang after discovering an Interpol notice related to the Florida case, Osipovich said.

She said that Lang had already left the Ukrainian paramilitary group and was teaching English in Kyiv. The two met in June and began dating, she said.

According to video taken during Lang’s courtroom appearance by a Ukrainian activist for prisoners-of-war, Lang confirmed to the court that he had left Right Sector and stopped fighting due to health issues.

"I have problems with vision in my left eye. I often have problems with headaches," he told the court, speaking through a translator. "This is from, basically, I was in a [fighting] position, a round came in, it exploded, and caused a brain injury."

Lang also said he had been convicted previously in the United States for assault and violation of a protective order in a case involving his ex-wife.

Osipovich told RFE/RL that Lang rarely talked about his past and when he did, he was not very specific.

She said Lang told her he had no part in the Florida killings and she didn't push him to know more.

"All I know is that they are charging him," she said of the prosecutors in the Florida case.

The group Lang fought with, Right Sector, emerged from the mass protests that erupted in Ukraine beginning in November 2013. The group later transformed into a volunteer fighting battalion after Russia fomented a separatist war in eastern Ukraine.

After leaving Right Sector, Lang fought in eastern Ukraine, alongside a group of Georgians who called themselves the Georgian Foreign Legion, according to Lang’s former commander with the group.

The issue of U.S. white-supremacist organizations being drawn to Ukrainian groups is a concern that was raised by U.S. law enforcement officials as recently as 2017.

That year, the FBI warned that Azov's military wing was "believed to have participated in training and radicalizing United States-based white supremacy organizations."

The founder of the Azov Battalion later went on to found a Ukrainian political party known as the National Corps, which has been labeled by the U.S. State Department as a "nationalist hate group."

There's no indication that Lang espoused white supremacist or other extremist views.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #213 on: October 14, 2019, 11:31:13 »
New boss takes over - this via UKR's MoD ...
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On October 11, transfer of command of the UNIFIER mission was held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center. This mission aimed at the training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces units within the Joint Multinational Training Group — Ukraine (JMTGU).

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning of the Joint Operational Command of Canada Brigadier General Simon Bernard, Honorary Consul of Canada in Lviv Oxana Vinnytska-Yusypovych, Defense Attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine Colonel Robert Foster, servicemen and women of the training mission.

During the ceremony, the Chief of the National Academy Lieutenant General Pavlo Tkachuk awarded Canadian military personnel who are completing their stay on Ukrainian soil with awards from the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Chief of the General Staff — Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Commander of the Land Forces.

— I wish the new rotation command, led by Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Toope, success in conducting the mission and continuing the good work that had been done in previous rotations, — said Lieutenant General Pavlo Tkachuk.

He also expressed his sincere gratitude to Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Cote and the instructors of the Canadian contingent for their cooperation.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #214 on: October 14, 2019, 11:35:30 »
Other characteristics of good disinformation/mal-information is amplification and repetition.  While a disinfo campaign may initiate the "fake news" and disseminate it, the ideal outcome is for the nugget to be picked up and repeated by the media (of the professional press or the social variety). 

'A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.' Josef Goebbels
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #216 on: November 01, 2019, 07:05:52 »
One suggestion ...
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Asking Canada to lead a peacekeeping mission in war-torn, separatist-minded eastern districts of Ukraine would be "Plan B" for the recently elected government of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the country's deputy foreign minister said Thursday.

Vasyl Bodnar is in Ottawa for meetings to shore up support among allies and to keep their focus on the bloody, five-year-old conflict which has claimed over 13,000 lives.

It is a daunting task, given that Ukraine is at the centre of the unfolding impeachment drama in Washington.

Plan A, said Bodnar, involves the full implementation of the long-standing Minsk peace agreement, signed in 2015, but only partially implemented as both sides flouted it and fighting raged with Russian-backed separatists in two breakaway districts.

(...)

The idea of a United Nations-organized, Canadian-led peacekeeping mission was initially posed when former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko was still in power. The idea was discussed with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

While committed to Ukraine with its extension to Canada's military training mission there, the Liberal government has remained circumspect about whether it would take part in a peacekeeping operation.

Conservatives, during the federal election, made peacekeeping in Ukraine a platform promise.*

The call would come, Bodner said, if the Minsk process fall apart ...
The latest from the OSCE about why peacekeepers won't work right now ...
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Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik says that deploying a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, is not realistic at the moment.

"I would not say it is realistic at the moment. Deploying peacekeepers is possible if the parties agree. UN peacekeepers cannot be in Donbas without the common consent," he told the Ukrainian internet TV Ukrlife. "We need a decision by the UN Security Council. And we all know who is a member of the Security Council [Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council]. Therefore, the common consent is a prerequisite." ...

* - This, from this past summer:  "... a Conservative government under Andrew Scheer will advocate for, and lead, a peacekeeping mission along the Ukraine-Russia border ...", and this from the platform"... Andrew Scheer will also push for Canadian leadership in a United Nations peacekeeping mission to secure the borders of Ukraine, which has faced armed aggression and the seizure of its territory by Russia since 2014. This mission would allow Ukraine to restore control over their eastern border ..."
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #217 on: November 05, 2019, 16:51:58 »
Not military related, but the Kyiv Post has an writeup on Canada's new Ambassador to Ukraine.

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Larisa Galadza is new ambassador of Canada to Ukraine

By Olena Goncharova. Published Nov. 5. Updated Nov. 5 at 7:47 am

EDMONTON, Canada — Larisa Galadza has been appointed as ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, according to an announcement made on Nov. 4 by Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Galadza replaces Roman Waschuk, who has been on the job representing the North American country of 37 million people since October 2014. She will become the 10th Canadian ambassador to Ukraine since the country’s independence and only the second woman after Abaina M. Dann, who was in office from September 2005 until August 2008.

“It is an honor and privilege to be named Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine,” Galadza tweeted. “I can’t wait to start my work in Ukraine.”

Galadza has extensive experience working for the Canadian government. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Carleton University. Upon graduation in 1996, she joined the Department of National Defense. She worked in policy-related positions at the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat, before moving to Public Safety Canada, where she was director of Strategic Policy and Research.

From 2012 to 2014, Galadza served at the Privy Council Office as director of operations for the Social Affairs Committee of Cabinet, and for the next two years, she served as director general of Admissibility at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In 2016, she became a director of the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program at Global Affairs Canada.

During her work at the program, Galadza was involved in a number of projects involving Ukraine, said Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko. Those included Canada’s peace and stabilization assistance and also support to police reform in Ukraine which aimed at establishing the Department of Patrol Police as a modern and professional police unit.

Galadza is off to a good start, says Shevchenko. “Not only she is very knowledgeable about the situation in Ukraine, she feels and understands this country. She won’t need to spend much time learning (about Ukraine) because she knows what’s going on.”

Galadza comes from a respectable Ukrainian-Canadian family, Shevchenko said, adding that the newly elected ambassador is fluent in Ukrainian and her appointment will become “an honorable thing” for the Ukrainian community in Canada. “She was raised in family where Ukraine and Ukrainian-Canadian relations have always been cherished,” Shevchenko told the Kyiv Post. “That is why for her this is more than just an appointment.”

Others share his sentiment.  “Her experience and skills will be a tremendous asset,” said Alexandra Chyczij, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Council. “The Ukrainian-Canadian community looks forward to working closely with Ambassador Galadza and the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv.”

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #218 on: November 05, 2019, 20:34:04 »
Not military related, but the Kyiv Post has an writeup on Canada's new Ambassador to Ukraine.

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Good catch - here's the new Ambassador's bio via the Global Affairs info-machine ...
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Larisa Galadza (BA Hons [Political Science and Ethics], Trinity College at the University of Toronto, 1994; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1996) joined the Department of National Defence in 1996. She worked in policy-related positions at the Privy Council Office in 2001 and at the Treasury Board Secretariat from 2003 to 2006, before moving to Public Safety Canada, where she was director of Strategic Policy and Research and then senior director for National Security Policy. From 2012 to 2014, she served at the Privy Council Office as director of operations for the Social Affairs Committee of Cabinet, and then, from 2014 to 2016, she was director general of Admissibility at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In 2016, she became director general of the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program at Global Affairs Canada.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #219 on: November 05, 2019, 21:18:16 »
And on a more military note ...
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Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with Ukrinform news outlet that Ottawa and Kyiv are finalizing documents for the shipment of the Canadian sniper rifles to Ukraine.

"The processing of documents for the supply of sniper rifles is in the final stage. The delay was not from the Canadian side, but from the partners supplying the components. We hope, in the next few days or weeks, these weapons will be in Ukraine. It will also help open the doors for further cooperation between the two countries," said Bodnar.

According to him, the parties " also discussed setting up a special expedited line of communication at the level of Defense Ministers, who could communicate in detail about the needs of the Ukrainian army, transmit this information to the Canadian side and immediately understand what is possible to provide and what is not."

"I hope the first such contact will take place at the end of November," said Bodnar ....
The Ukrainian media piece cited in this article (in Ukrainian) also mentions Op UNIFIER - this, via Google Translate - edited to add highlights:
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... Q)  For four years now, the Canadian military training mission UNIFIER has been operating in Ukraine. What changes do you think Ukraine should make?

A) The program has justified itself, it has allowed to qualitatively train about 14 thousand Ukrainian servicemen. The feedback from both the Armed Forces and the NSU is very positive, so our main request is to continue the mission, but it has already been completed (Canada last year continued its mission until 2022 - ed.). This week, one of Canada's deputy foreign ministers will visit mission members in Ukraine and talk about possible changes. For our part, I can say that the request to change the format of the operation did not come from the Armed Forces or from the NSU ...
If your Ukrainian's better than mine (and it can ONLY be better), here's the original text - any nuance sharing appreciated ...
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... - В Україні вже чотири роки діє канадська військова тренувальна місія UNIFIER. Які зміни, на думку України, у неї варто внести?

- Програма себе виправдала, вона дала змогу якісно навчити близько 14 тисяч українських військовослужбовців. Відгуки як від ЗСУ, так і від НГУ надходять дуже позитивні, тож наразі основне наше прохання – продовжити місію, але воно вже виконане (Канада минулого року продовжила місію до 2022 року – ред.). Цього тижня один із заступників міністра закордонних справ Канади відвідуватиме учасників місії в Україні та предметно говоритиме про можливі зміни. З нашого боку можу сказати, що запиту на зміну формату операції не надходило ні від ЗСУ, ні від НГУ ...
Wonder what changes may be coming, then? :pop:
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