In the context of implementation of the decisions of the NATO-Ukraine Commission Summit in Wales (4 September 2014) to achieve maximum interoperability between the armed forces of Ukraine and NATO, an agreement on the creation of a joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian military brigade was signed on 19 September 2014.
The Agreement was signed by Minister of Defence of Ukraine Valerii Heletey and his Polish and Lithuanian counterparts in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
The Headquarters of the newly created joint military unit will be located in Lublin.
The total strength of the Brigade will be around 4,500 military personnel with weapons and military equipment. The Armed Forces of Ukraine will be represented in the LITPOLUKRBRIG with an Airborne Battalion, combat units and logistical support units, as well as officers in the Headquarters of the joint Brigade.
The participation of military personnel and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in LITPOLUKRBRIG will contribute to improving operational capabilities, interoperability and readiness of Ukrainian Armed Forces units through their engagement in joint preparation of staff, training and exercises. Such participation will also facilitate the dissemination and implementation in the overall training system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of modern standards of planning, provision and use of troops.
For reference: the creation of Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian Brigade was started in 2007 in order to ensure the response to crises, strengthen regional military cooperation and participate in international operations for maintenance of peace and security under the auspices of the UN, EU and NATO on the basis of the UN Security Council mandate.