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Ukraine's participation in Alliance-led operations, missions, NATO Response Force and exercises
11 May 2020 16:18

Among NATO partners, Ukraine is the only country that participated in all current major NATO-led operations and missions.

At this stage, the Ukrainian national contingent will remain deployed to the multinational NATO forces in Kosovo (Republic of Serbia) and national personnel will remain deployed to NATO’s “Resolute Support” – training and advisory mission in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In addition, work is underway for Ukraine to participate in the NATO Mission Iraq and NATO’s Operation “Sea Guardian”.

NATO MISSION IN KOSOVO (KFOR)

The Ukrainian national contingent consists of 40 military personnel from Ukraine’s Armed Forces engineering regiments on a rotational basis.

Composition of the contingent: engineering unit, a staff officer in KFOR Headquarters (HQ) and the support element.

The national contingent performs tasks as a part of Joint Group of Logistic Support of KFOR.

The main tasks of the contingent include:

to ensure freedom of movement in the KFOR area of responsibility, organizing and conducting mine safety measures in the interests of both KFOR forces and the local population, demining and disposal of explosive devices, and other engineering tasks throughout KFOR area of responsibility.

NATO TRAINING AND ADVISORY MISSION IN ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN – “RESOLUTE SUPPORT” (RSM)

In RSM, 21 positions are allocated for Ukrainian national personnel.

The main tasks of Ukrainian personnel include:

Performance of duties as staff officers in HQ RSM;

Conducting engineering exploration and clearing of routes, objects and designated areas;

Implementation of measures to counter improvised explosive devices and neutralization of explosive objects;

Rotational participation as a part of fast response detachment forces;

Providing special support to the Lithuanian national contingent.

In compliance with COVID-19 response measures 8 military troops of Ukraine’s Armed Forces were temporary redeployed from Afghanistan to Ukraine.


NATO RESPONSE FORCE (NRF)

Ukraine is the first country among NATO’s partners have joined NRF. Since 2010, the units of Ukraine’s Armed Forces are on duty in NRF.

Also, Ukraine is the first country among NATO’s partners to have certified a unit of Special Operations Forces in 2019 to participate in the NRF in 2020.


NATO EXERCISES

Preparation and participation of the Ukraine’s Armed Forces in NATO’s collective training events and exercises allow for an increased level of training and interoperability of military authorities and units to action as part of multinational groups.

Since 2015, there has been a positive trend in the number of NATO exercises, in which staff officers and units of Ukraine’s Armed Forces have participated as observers and participants. The Armed Forces of Ukraine participated in 5 NATO exercises in 2018 and in 6 – in 2019. In 2020, Ukraine plan to participate in 7 NATO exercises.

It should be noted that in addition to NATO’s collective training events and exercises, Ukraine participates in multinational exercises with Alliance countries, as well as organizes such exercises in its territory. Over the past two years, the number of such exercises with participation of the Ukraine’s Armed Forces has exceeded 30 per year.

NATO exercises are those exercises that are included to Military Training and Exercise Programme 2020-2024: Open To Partners And Non-NATO Entities Portion (МТЕР ОТР).

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