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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #150 on: May 25, 2017, 10:26:50 »
A bit of the bigger, political picture, 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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #151 on: May 27, 2017, 06:48:17 »
This via the UKR MoD info-machine (original in Ukrainian here, 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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #152 on: June 15, 2017, 06:33:42 »
This from The Canadian Press, shared under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) ...
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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 -- 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
  • 19 Sept 2016:  "Canadian Instructors Train UAF Fighters for Urban Combat in Donbass -- 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
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #153 on: June 15, 2017, 11:51:31 »
And this from Russian-state media RIA Novosti, apparently based on an interview during some media availability with the TF boss this week, shared under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) ...
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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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #154 on: June 16, 2017, 13:08:36 »
And in case you don't think Canada's important enough to be targetted by RUS disinfo, this from UKR separatist media (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 -- 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 ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #155 on: June 16, 2017, 14:04:54 »
    And in case you don't think Canada's important enough to be targetted by RUS disinfo,
this from UKR separatist media (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]
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #156 on: June 16, 2017, 14:37:17 »
I laugh that they name both CANSOFCOM and CSIS, two completely seperate organizations. Someone didnt do their homework.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #157 on: June 16, 2017, 14:40:59 »
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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #158 on: June 20, 2017, 07:01:54 »
This from the UKR MoD info-machine in English ...
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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 (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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #159 on: June 30, 2017, 05:53:35 »
CAN, UKR DefMin's meet at NATO meeting in Belgium - this from the UKR MoD info-machine ...
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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 - attached photos from UKR MoD.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #160 on: July 28, 2017, 13:06:23 »
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.

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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 !  (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 - Alternate SAFER source**


* - links to 3 1/2 minute briefing in Russian (no subtitles) on Youtube
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #161 on: July 28, 2017, 18:37:47 »
With headlines like Nazi Ukraine Scum, I wonder how unbiased their reporting would be  >:D

Those look like headlines from The_Donald subreddit.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #162 on: July 29, 2017, 07:30:20 »
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.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #163 on: August 11, 2017, 06:47:49 »
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Ukrainian Armed Forces adopts many NATO-like safety standards – Canadian military instructor
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.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #164 on: August 24, 2017, 16:32:24 »
Some screen captures of Canadian troops parading during today's UKR Independence Day parade (source) - first foreign formation after UKR's troops.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #165 on: August 24, 2017, 16:58:56 »
Some screen captures of Canadian troops parading during today's UKR Independence Day parade (source) - first foreign formation after UKR's troops.
And one more from the Ukrainian MoD info-machine (source, in Ukrainian).
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #166 on: August 25, 2017, 00:12:19 »
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
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #167 on: August 25, 2017, 09:31:44 »
And one more from the Ukrainian MoD info-machine (source, in Ukrainian).
And yet another photo from Ukrainian media (source) ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #168 on: September 02, 2017, 12:12:01 »
UKR separatist media*:  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.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #169 on: September 14, 2017, 05:16:23 »
1)  Canadian Senior Advisor meets with UKR's Def Min -- this 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:
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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 ...
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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 also attached.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #170 on: September 18, 2017, 05:13:18 »
New commander takes over ...
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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.

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    “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

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    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 ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #171 on: September 23, 2017, 05:41:17 »
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. "
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #172 on: September 26, 2017, 10:37:33 »
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) in early 2015Team 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).

Now, here's the latest ...

In other developments, CAN's reportedly helping develop a policing school in UKR (links to UKR MoD info-machine article in Ukrainian), CAN's DefMin's dropping by UKR this week, and members of the Commons Standing Committee on National Defence met with #UKR's DefMin & visited some facilities - more on the latter here, here (UKR MoD info-machine photos attached), here and here.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #173 on: September 29, 2017, 06:03:15 »
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
Speech
From National Defence
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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.
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