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Minister of National Defence and Chief of Defence will conduct a visit to Ukraine

2015.04.19
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On April 20 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Chief of Defence Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas with delegations will go on a formal visit to Ukraine.

 

On April 20 the Minister of National Defence will meet with the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, and Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko.

 

The Minister and the Chief of Defence will also meet with their counterparts, Minister of Defence of Ukraine Colonel General Stepan Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko.

 

The Lithuanian and the Ukrainian representatives will discuss the security situation in Ukraine, Ukraine’s needs with regard to support from Lithuania and other Western countries to the reform and modernisation of Ukraine’s defence system, progress made in the project of the tri-national Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade, LITPOLUKRBRIG, and other questions of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

 

On April 21 the Minister and his delegation will pay a visit to Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in Western Ukraine to meet with its Governor Oleh Honcharuko and the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk City, Viktor Anushkevychus.

 

The Minister will deliver a lecture on NATO response to the security challenges in light of the Russian aggression in Ukraine at the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University.

 

While in Ukraine, Minister J.Olekas will attend opening events of NATO Week in Ukraine and deliver an address at the National University of Defence of Ukraine.

 

NATO Week in Ukraine is arranged and coordinated by the NATO Defence College and NATO Public Democracy Divisions in Ukraine in cooperation with the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine (the current NATO Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine) and Ukrainian authorities.

 

Since the beginning of Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Lithuania has been actively supporting Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity and providing all kinds of possible and legally permissble assistance, including military.

 

The Ministry of National Defence is rendering humanitarian aid, sending material support and has handed over elements of weaponry with regard to the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

 

The Lithuanian defence representatives will also take a donation of medical supplies to Ukraine with this visit.

 

 

Ukraine’s military personnel injured in the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) are treated in Lithuanian civilian healthcare institutions and in the Military Rehabilitation Centre in Druskininkai.

 

The Lithuanian and the Ukrainian Armed Forces cooperate in the area of military training and education. Ukrainian military are invited to study at Lithuanian military education institutions and Lithuania funds Ukrainian soldiers’ studies at the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL).

 

Lithuanian, Poland and Ukraine have established a tri-national brigade, LITPOLUKRBRIG (the agreement on its establishment has already been ratified by the parliamentary of all three countries) and the first exercise of the unit is scheduled to take place in Lithuania this autumn.

 

The Lithuanian Armed Forces is also contributing to other initiatives aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian Armed Forces: Lithuanian paramedics took part in the U.S. mission of training the Ukrainian Armed Forces from this February till April.

 

The Lithuanian Ministries of National Defence and Foreign Affairs have also allotted the total of EUR 50 thousand to the NATO Trust Fund which is financing measures for enhancing Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C 4) capability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

 

For two years from the beginning of 2015 the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine will be representing NATO as the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine by providing information about the activity and policy of the Alliance, arranging educational events, fostering relations with state organisations and NGOs of Kiev, NATO institutions, etc.

 

Photo credit - Alfredas Pliadis.

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