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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #50 on: January 17, 2016, 16:30:23 »
This from the CAF Info-machine:
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Today, Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault assumed command of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) from Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Guiney during a ceremony which took place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine.

As commander of JTF-U, Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault commands approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel. JTF-U includes soldiers conducting training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas such as Small Team training, Counter Improvised Explosive Device training, military police training and medical training ...
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #51 on: March 15, 2016, 06:02:11 »
More UKR troops trained in counter-IED by Canadians - original in Ukrainian from the UKR Info-machine, Google English translation:
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In c. Kamenets six months Canadian military instructors prepared according to NATO standards 70 Ukrainian engineers

Today, March 14, at the Centre de-mining of the Main Directorate of Operational Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kamenetz-Podolsk, hosted another edition of Canadian instructors Ukrainian servicemen who have completed a course of detection, elimination (neutralization) improvised explosive devices.

- This is the fifth issue of highly skilled professionals who are prepared according to NATO standards Canadian instructors. I hope that the friendly cooperation established between our military will continue, and the exchange of experience, especially fighting will contribute to successful implementation tasks, - the head of the Centre for Demining Colonel Vladimir Rodikov.

The officer said that in general, for six months the Canadian military instructors prepared according to NATO standards 70 Ukrainian engineers.

In turn, the commander of Combined Joint Task Forces of Ukraine, Major Canadian Hyuho discontent noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine highly motivated and patriotic.

- Ukrainian officers, sergeants and soldiers with a high degree of responsibility relate to training, seeking to learn new ways and share their knowledge and experience with us - added Hyuho major discontent.

He thanked Colonel Vladimir Rodikovu and all personnel of the Centre for Demining for their support, patience and hospitality. Also, a major Canadian Forces Hyuho discontent commemorative medal presented the best students of Sergei Grushetsky officers.
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1)  Lotsa UKR MoD Info-machine coverage of defence minister Sajjan's visit - some Info-machine pix attached ...

2)  Foreign minister Dion's statement on the anniversary of the "little green men" taking over Crimea:
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“This month marks the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion and illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

“Russian occupation and aggression has led to human rights violations, including unlawful seizure of property, harassment and restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. Self-proclaimed ‘authorities’ use force and intimidation to foster a climate of intolerance where residents who express views contrary to those of Russia face discrimination and persecution.

“Canada is deeply concerned about this situation. Russia is displaying a blatant disregard for international law, including the European Convention on Human Rights. Russia’s actions continue to undermine peace and security in the region.

“Canada stands united with our international partners in support of Ukraine. We will continue working with partners to put pressure on Russia to honour its international commitments and obligations with respect to human rights and to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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OP UNIFIER medal
« Reply #53 on: April 19, 2016, 16:53:33 »
Hello, does anyone know what the troops on OP UNIFIER in Ukraine will receive for a medal? I would assume the SSM NATO similar to the guys on OP REASSURANCE?

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #54 on: April 24, 2016, 07:51:10 »
From the UKR Info-machine (in Ukrainian, and in Google English):
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With the support of Canadian partners to train military engineers in Khmelnitsky region opened a modern form of combating improvised explosive devices

April 22 at the territory of the Training Center complex operational demining of the Main Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kamenetz-Podolsk in Khmelnitsky region, with the participation of Ukrainian and Canadian military training class was opened for training of detection, elimination (neutralization) improvised explosive devices.

The costs for design, equipment and rigging class completely took over the Canadian side. The total project cost amounted to about 1.5 mln. UAH (~CDN $75,000).

The purpose of modern classrooms, which can simultaneously accommodate up to 40 people, is to provide training Ukrainian experts on countering IEDs by the NATO standards.

Head of the Centre for Demining Colonel Vladimir Rodikov thanked foreign colleagues for contribution to the development of logistics Center, and recalled that the first time Canadian soldiers help center. In late 2015, the use of the Centre de-mining equipment was transferred more than 2.5 mln. US dollars.
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Re: OP UNIFIER medal
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2016, 03:09:29 »
released 25 April:


UNCLAS CANFORGEN 073/16 CMP 037/16
SIC WAC
SUBJECT: RECOGNITION - OPS REASSURANCE AND UNIFIER BILINGUAL MESSAGE/MESSAGE BILINGUE
REFS.: A. CANFORGEN 118/15 CMP 054/15 301812Z JUN 15, PARA 1.F.
B. FRAG O 001 TO CDS DIRECTIVE - OP REASSURANCE, 26 FEB 16 1. AT REF B, THE CDS DIRECTED THE EXPLORATION OF AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO SERVE ON THE TWO OPERATIONS IN RELATION TO EASTERN EUROPE, NAMELY OPERATION REASSURANCE AND OPERATION UNIFIER 2. THE ALTERNATIVE FORM OF RECOGNITION WOULD REPLACE THE NATO BAR TO THE SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL (SSM-NATO) ANNOUNCED AT REFERENCE A WHICH WAS LIMITED TO THE NATO-LED ELEMENTS OF OPERATION REASSURANCE 3. THE MATTER WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THE CF HONOURS POLICY COMMITTEE AND THE OUTCOME PRESENTED AT AFC IN THE NEAR FUTURE 4. ALL APPLICATIONS MADE FOR THE SSM-NATO BASED ON OP REASSURANCE SVC HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW. NO NEW APPLICATION BASED ON THIS SVC WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW IS ANNOUNCED 5. FOLLOWING THE RESULT OF THE REVIEW, UNITS MAY HAVE TO MAKE NEW APPLICATION FOR THEIR ELIGIBLE MBRS. IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT TO KEEP ACCURATE AND COMPLETE RECORDS OF ALL PERS WHO DEPLOY TO PARTICIPATE IN OR PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO THE SUBJ OPS TO FACILITATE APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #56 on: May 14, 2016, 05:34:57 »
UKR media interview w/Op UNIFIER's boss (text also attached in case link doesn't work), shared under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) ...
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Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault
The Joint Task Force-Ukraine Commander of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s training mission in Ukraine

07.05.2016 14:06

Our training mission in Ukraine is a mutually beneficial project, Canadians have much to learn from Ukrainians

The last two years have shown that Canada is one of the closest friends of Ukraine even despite huge distance between two countries. It is consistently ranked as one of the top three countries in the world in terms of the amount of assistance to Ukraine. Though regarding the speed of response to critical requests of Kyiv, Canada is probably the world champion. However, in addition to valuable financial and material resources, such as soft loans, tens of thousands of military footwear and uniforms, means for demining, goggles, night vision devices, mobile hospitals and lots of other very useful equipment, Canada also conveys its priceless experience. Thus, for more than 6 months around 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been training Ukrainian soldiers at International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi and Demining Centre in Kamyanets-Podilsky.

Ukrinform had an exclusive opportunity to interview the Joint Task ForceUkraine Commander of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s training mission in Ukraine Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault.

TRAINING IS CONSTANTLY ADAPTED TO THE NEEDS OF THE FRONTLINE

Canadian military training mission in Ukraine has undergone one rotation already. Have you changed your training course since previous group left Ukraine?

Of course  the training  is adjusted to theneeds of Ukrainian partners. Compared to how our programme was build before - it has certainly evolved.We are maintaining contacts with Ukrainian soldiers who have been trained here so that they can provide us with lessons learned and we then adapt our training to their needs.

Do you hear back how useful your training is on a real battlefield?

Yes. We are currently completing our second training block. Few weeks ago we had an opportunity to meet with the leadership of the battalion that was here on a first block.They were able to give us a lot of feedback on the training that they’ve received here and how useful it was for them. It was a great talk that helped us update our programme.

Does Ukrainian training mission differ from other similar Canadian missions abroad?

This mission is a little different for us. For example, when we were doing training in Afghanistan, we were starting from zero with military forces that were essentially civilians joining new military units. Whereas here in Ukraine the soldiers are experienced, many of them have already been to combat, in a lot of cases they have experience that’s very different from ours. It is a mutually beneficial mission. We are trying to show Ukrainian soldiers how to do their work differently, offer them diverse options and try to improve proficiency. At the same time we are very open to learning new lessons from them as well.

What exactly can Canadian soldiers learn from Ukrainian counterparts?

Ukrainian army is different from Canadian in many different ways. While we are able to teach such skills as the marksmanship, junior leadership, navigation techniques or first aid, lessons that Ukrainian soldiers bring back are as well important. Canada hasn’t experienced the kind of operationsUAF are currently conducting and thatknowjedgde is very useful to us.

PATRIOTISM AND PROFESSIONALISM OF UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS ARE IMPRESSIVE

You are training Ukrainian soldiers to better use their own weapons, but how can you combine Canadian Western tactics and Ukrainian mainly Soviet equipment?


The equipment actually isn’t really an important factor when we talk about interoperability.Canada has many allies, whichuse different types of equipment that we don’t necessarily have. Where it becomes very important is to be able to talk and plan together. but this crucial factor is not equipment related. There are no real issues regarding differences in equipment.

Have you already formed your own opinion about Ukrainian military personnel?

Ever since we got here in Ukraine, I was quick to notice that Ukrainian culture is very similar to our,we share same values. Two things that have struck me the most are the strong patriotism and professionalism of Ukrainian soldiers that we’ve been working with. They are very good and they want to be even better! They are also very proud and truly appreciate the training that we provide. In the short period of time that we’ve been training,Ukrainian soldiers quicklymade a significant progress.

What are the strongest sides of Ukrainian soldiers?

They are very physically strong and have a high morale, even though they’ve been serving for a certain amount of time already. Young Ukrainians have a very strong leadership and a lot of potential. I would say, that’s probably their biggest strength and that’s what we are trying to build on.

OUR CONTRACTS WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES WORTH $4 MLN

Did you have a chance to communicate with locals? How do they react on the presence of Canadian military?


There are a lot of contacts with local population. Recently we did a fundraising activity for the Dzherelo rehabilitation centre in Lviv:soldiers raised money, went to the centre and donated for the children.We are trying to show the community that we are here to support Ukraine. In the end that’s what Canada wants to show Ukraine. Also most of our sustainment is based on local contract system so we invest significant amount of money in the local economy to run our mission. As of today we’ve signed contracts with local businesses worth of around $4 mln.

Do you have people of Ukrainian descent in your team? Do they feel anything special about this mission?

Yes, we do have some Ukrainian descendants. Their language skills arevery useful for our mission. So it is good to have them with us. They also provide advices on cultural issues: the differences between our Christmases or Easters and things like that.

There are more than 200 CAF personnel in Starychi and Kamyanets-Podilsky. Is it enough to perform necessary tasks?

I would say it is, because even very few people are able to make a significant difference. To use the example of something that really pays of is our first day training when we had only 5 Canadians, who trained over 250 Ukrainians. Overall even with a very small number of personnel we are able to organize training process efficiently.

UKRAINIAN TROOPS SHOW PROGRESS EVERY SINGLE DAY

Do you only train personnel or do you also give your advice on the reform of UAF?


We do provide advice but at the tactical level. In particular here, in Starychiwe offered our views on howtraining centre can be further developed. We currently don’t have any senior advisers doing institutional development, which is addressed at the strategic or governmental level. All advices we provide are on the level of a leadership we work with on a daily basis.

Can you see the differences in the level of initial training of Ukrainian soldiers? Is there a unit that is markedly better prepared than others?

I’m not able to point the unitthat is better prepared. But I can tell you, that there is a tangible difference on proficiency and overall performance from when students arrive to when they leave. That is very encouraging for our personnel.

What is your opinion on Ukrainian military motorised vehicles?

BMP-2 was a very interesting piece of equipment to me because it was something that we would study inschool and not necessarily see in person. It is very interesting for us, Canadian soldiers to train with the equipment that we have here. What attracts me the most though is how good Ukrainian soldiers are at maintaining theirequipment.It has been around for some time but is still in perfect working conditions thanks to the way soldiers are maintaining it.

There are also military personnel from the UK and the US doing training in Ukraine at the moment. How do you divide your duties?

We are all working under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Commission. Every few months there are meetings where coordination happens at that level, but we all stay in contact almost on a daily basis to better do our job. Thecooperation is very good. We stand united for Ukraine, and it is important to have that typeof an approach if you want to make a difference in the country.

BASIC SKILLS IN FIRST AID SHOULD BE IMPROVED

Except of what your team is currently teaching Ukrainians, what additional knowledge are they lacking?


The point that we message the most with the senior leadership in Ukrainian army is the necessity to developjunior leadership, empower them and delegate responsibilities that are kept on a very high level here. We are trying to show Ukrainians that if they want to have military that is interoperable with Western armies, they have to delegate those responsibilities to lower levels and trust their junior leadership. It is really important to move forward.

There are quite a few volunteer  organisations in Ukraine that provide a medical military training. Do soldiers that are coming to the training camp now have more knowledge on that matter than their predecessors?

Generally speaking the basic knowledge in first aid is very low. The most problematic though are the equipment and the means to evacuate wounded that are often not available to Ukrainian soldiers. But still they leave our hands much more skilled.

Do you still provide your students with individual medical kits?

Yes, every single Ukrainian soldier that has been trained by Canadian medic receives a first aid kit. And it is exactly the same as our own individual medical kits.

Do you take into consideration crucial differences in logistics between Canadian and Ukrainian military? What is possible in Canada not always can be done in Ukraine.

Yes, absolutely, but Canadian military is small and sometimes has to deal with what is available. So we are able to give different option to Ukrainian partners based on the equipment that is available to them.

What does Canadian Armed Forces personnel feel about their job in Ukraine?

Canadian soldiers are really proud to work in Ukraine. We don’t feel we are not at home even despite the distance. Ukrainians are great hosts, they’ve been very hospitable. By participation in this mission we are helping to developmodernised and capable Ukrainian forces and we are seeingthe real results in that respect. Overall, it is a fantastic mission and a great experience for us.

Maksym Nalyvaiko, Ottawa.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #57 on: June 16, 2016, 19:10:31 »
Canada's Army boss drops by - this, from the UKR MoD Info-machine (also here if previous link doesn't work):
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The Canadian military delegation led by Lt. Gen. M. Hainse, Commander of Canadian Army, visited the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the National Land Forces Academy.

During a joint briefing, Lt. Gen. Pavlo Tkachuk, Chief of National Land Forces Academy, told about the prospects of the Centre development. He expressed his gratitude to Lt. Gen. M. Hainse and the Canadian contingent for their contribution to professional training of the Ukrainian servicemen and comprehensive support to Ukraine.

The parties discussed the further plans concerning training of the Ukrainian units and cooperation in other spheres. Then, Commander Hainse met with the Canadian servicemen and toured the training field where the drills were undergoing. Particularly, a unit of one mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under leadership of the Canadian instructors demonstrated skills while moving in the face of the enemy and offensive capability.

Commander of Canadian Army praised their actions, wished to continue efficient cooperation as the experience gained by the Ukrainian soldiers in the east of Ukraine was valuable for Canadian army.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #58 on: June 16, 2016, 22:07:39 »
Canada's Army boss .....Info-machine photos also attached.


Ooohh.....TWO sleeves worth of badges on his CADPAT. 

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #59 on: June 16, 2016, 23:27:43 »


Ooohh.....TWO sleeves worth of badges on his CADPAT. 

Staff effort and defence spending at its finest.     :not-again:

It does answer everyone's questions of what is allowed to be attached to the sleeves...

I'm more surprised that they were able to find that many 5 CMBG guys without beards.....

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #60 on: June 16, 2016, 23:36:40 »
It does answer everyone's questions of what is allowed to be attached to the sleeves...

I'm more surprised that they were able to find that many 5 CMBG guys without beards.....

Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #61 on: June 17, 2016, 00:37:59 »
Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #62 on: June 17, 2016, 00:47:56 »
I am going to save this picture and wear as many patches as I can now, I mean if a Lt. General can do it, why can't I? (insert raging RSM here)
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #63 on: June 17, 2016, 07:15:21 »
I am going to save this picture and wear as many patches as I can now, I mean if a Lt. General can do it, why can't I? (insert raging RSM here)
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #64 on: June 17, 2016, 07:15:55 »
Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #65 on: June 17, 2016, 09:55:05 »
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty
Look closely, there's a big Army patch below that.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #66 on: June 17, 2016, 09:59:04 »
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #67 on: June 17, 2016, 10:06:17 »
God all those patches just looks goofy

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #68 on: June 17, 2016, 11:10:33 »
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.   :nod:

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #69 on: June 17, 2016, 11:14:25 »
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.   :nod:
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #70 on: June 17, 2016, 11:28:16 »
I wouldn't really care about the badges If they weren't so hideous looking.  The Brits wear jump wings and commando badges on their uniforms but the badges look a lot better. 
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #71 on: June 17, 2016, 11:29:38 »
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.   :nod:

I'd vote for this one   >:D

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #72 on: June 17, 2016, 11:32:09 »
I'd vote for this one   >:D
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis
« Reply #73 on: July 08, 2016, 20:08:00 »
From the UKR MoD Info-machine:
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The Canadian trainers issued NATO certificates to 14 Ukrainian servicemen graduated from the basic counter-IED training course. Now these servicemen are certified trainers.

According to the Canadian party, this course was organized to increase the professional level of the Ukrainian demining specialists.

Totally, the Canadian trainers have already trained 103 Ukrainian specialists under the NATO standards since September 2015.
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