Ministry of Defense: NATO will help Ukraine improve military education

Kyiv, October 11, 2016. The delegation of NATO experts has begun to work in Ukraine under NATO program “Improvement of military education.” It is to assist in developing the professional military education system and training the enlisted personnel. “The experts are studying the progress and issues of implementation of this program. Based on the results of the visit, NATO will draw up recommendations on further assistance in establishing the professional military education system and training the enlisted personnel that would meet the NATO standards,” informed Col. Oksana Havryliuk, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine spokesperson at a briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. She noted that this year the MoD of Ukraine has deepened collaboration of higher military educational institutions with the higher educational institutions of NATO members and partners through the active participation in the DEEP program and implementation of the measures of the DEEP Roadmap – Ukraine – 2016.

Col. Havryliuk informed that intensive language courses are conducted in higher military educational institutions of Ukraine with the support of the US Government. About 600 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will complete these courses during the year. “Besides, more than 250 military and civil servants will complete the specialized language courses for civilian personnel of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces and for the Army Air Service interpreters, as well as the courses of special military terminology, standardization, etc.,” she added.

According to the MoD spokesperson, today Minister Stepan Poltorak holds a meeting with Minister of National Defense of Romania Mihnea Motok. “The parties will discuss issues of bilateral defense cooperation, security situation in the region and progress in regional cooperation. Based on the meeting, a joint statement will be signed,” she informed. Recently the delegation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, led by Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko has visited the US 7th Army Training Command in the Federal Republic of Germany. “The Ukrainian delegation toured the infrastructure and got acquainted with capabilities of the US Army training centers in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels. The head of the Ukrainian delegation held talks with Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the US Army commander in Europe, and U.S. Army brigadier general Anthony Aguto,  Commander of the 7th US Army Training Command,” noted Oksana Havryliuk.

She informed that over the last week the state owned enterprises supplied the Armed Forces of Ukraine with about 7,000 sets of explosive reactive armor of the third generation “Knife” (made in Ukraine); three modernized combat helicopters Mi-24PU1; 95 sets for data transmitting equipment function extent; 20 reconnaissance systems and a modern radar station.