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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2015, 06:14:52 »
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Canada will send 1,650 soldiers to Europe this fall to take part in NATO's largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday at a ministers' meeting at the alliance headquarters in Belgium.

(....)

Operation Trident Juncture, which is to be held between late September and early November in Spain, Portugal and Italy, will involve more than 25,000 troops. Canada's contribution of 1,650 troops will include air, sea and land elements as well as special forces, Kenney said ....
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2015, 19:46:35 »
This, from Ukrainian media in Russian - Google English translation below:
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Canada is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not act alone - Defense Minister

Canada will create five specialized training missions for the Ukrainian military.

Canada is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not act alone - Defense Minister

Canadian Defense Minister Jason Kenney said that his country is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not operate without the support of NATO allies.

He said on the sidelines of the meeting of the NATO in Ukraine, the correspondent LB.ua.

"With regard to the provision of lethal weapons, our Prime Minister (Stephen Harper - Ed.) states that all options on the table, but we do not act alone. We need a consensus on this issue among the other countries (NATO) to follow along this path together, "- he said.

In addition, he said that, in addition to the core mission of 200 military trainers that Canada would send to Ukraine, will create five small specialized training missions, which will include the training of police and military aerial reconnaissance, medical training as well as training in bomb disposal devices.

The minister also recalled that last year, Canada has provided Ukrainian military tens of tons of military equipment, including night vision goggles and a first-class winter ammunition. He also said that in the future Canada will consider providing further Ukraine non-kinetic equipment.

Kenny also recalled that, following the visit of the President of Petro Poroshenko to Ottawa in September 2014, Kanda gives Ukraine a satellite support. "We provide very useful to Ukraine satellite data about the situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border, helping to track the movement of Russian troops," - he said.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2015, 06:29:05 »
This, from Ukrainian media in Russian - Google English translation below:
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Canada is ready to supply Ukraine lethal weapons, but it will not act alone - Defense Minister
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Meanwhile, a different message to Canadian media ....
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Hinting at how close Canada has come to providing lethal aid to Ukraine in its war against Russian-backed separatists, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday that he recently ordered a military inventory to determine what weapons Canada could send to the Ukrainian army, if it chose to do so.

The answer that came back was: not much.
 
Until now, the official reason Canada has hesitated to arm Kiev has been concern that such a move could inflame the conflict in the east of the country. Mr. Kenney revealed that another hurdle is the Canadian military doesn’t have appropriate weapons to give.

“We do not have surplus military kit sitting around in our storehouses that we can ship over to Ukraine. I actually had our military do an inventory of possible equipment, just to prepare for all eventualities. The conclusion is we just don’t have useful, operable equipment that we could send,” Mr. Kenney said, speaking after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels ....
Soooooo, which is it, then?
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2015, 15:14:06 »
More of the latest out of UKR from Canada's defence minister:
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Defence Minister Jason Kenney visited Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in Ukraine today. The CAF personnel are observing Ukrainian forces receiving training in order to further refine the training package that Canadians will provide to the Ukrainian military starting later this summer.

Minister Kenney delivered remarks during a joint press conference with Ukrainian Defence Minister Colonel-General  Poltorak at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre.  Minister Kenney  discussed Canada’s  support for Ukraine by sending Canadian Forces personnel to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to defend its sovereignty.

Minister Kenney also announced more than $15 million in additional Canadian support to democracy and institution building in Ukraine on behalf of International Development Minister Christian Paradis.

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    In Yavoriv, Minister Kenney toured the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre, the Ukrainian Army’s training facilities and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Partnership for Peace training centre. Ukrainian Army Commander Lieutenant-General Pavlo Tkachuk, and the Canadian Task Force commander designate Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Guiney, accompanied the Minister.

    Minister Kenney also saw a defensive firefighting demonstration, and had the opportunity to address the CAF personnel and thank them for their contributions.

    A group of approximately 30 CAF personnel are in Ukraine from June 20 to July 4 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre to observe Ukrainian forces receiving training.

    While the main focus of the CAF training to the Ukrainian forces will be on tactical soldier training,  other training includes Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal, military policing, medical treatment, flight safety, and logistics system modernization.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in April 2015 that Canada will deploy CAF personnel to Ukraine until March 31, 2017 to develop and deliver military training and capacity-building programs for Ukrainian forces personnel ....

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2015, 07:28:13 »
Off to work, then - this, via the UKR MoD Info-machine ....
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Monday, September 14. KHMELNYTSKYI OBLAST, UKRAINE — The Canadian instructors started training the Ukrainian EOD specialists. The event is organized in the framework of the Technical Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Department of National Defence of the Canadian Armed Forces on military training in Ukraine.

“The Canadian instructors will share their experience and skills with their Ukrainian peers under the NATO standards,” Col. Volodymyr Rodikov, Chief of Mine Clearing Centre, stressed and added “Canada has been supporting Ukraine since the first days of the Russian aggression. We’re grateful for Canadian assistance. It is worth mentioning this training course is very practical for Canadian specialists as well. Our sergeants and officers will share their experience gained during the combat operations in the east of Ukraine.”

Maj. Littlechild, Chief of the Canadian Group, underlined this training course is just a part of actions on military training in Ukraine provided by the Canadian servicemen.

“Our primary task is to share NATO skills and knowledge used during combat operations. We also know the servicemen of the Mine Clearing Centre participate in ISAF, peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Iraq, Kosovo and Liberia. Surely, we would like to know about their practical experience in the east of Ukraine, too” Maj. Littlechild stated.

Moreover, the Canadian instructors brought up-to-date equipment with them for training and presentation for the Mine Clearing Centre.
More photos in linked article.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2015, 07:37:29 »
A bit more of an update via the UKR MoD Info-machine:
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The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi Land Forces Academy hosted the official opening ceremony of the Joint Canadian-Ukrainian Training Course for Ukrainian servicemen.

“For the first time in the history of the Ukrainian Armed Forces we have this long-term training program for land forces. The Ukrainian future instructors will learn the combat experience of their Canadian peers,” Col. Ihor Slisarchuk, Chief of the Centre, stated.

Foreign instructors are representatives of different specializations.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2015, 08:13:24 »
Did someone forget to tell the RCAF guy it was dress down Friday in Ukraine? He's the only one in DEU...

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #32 on: September 15, 2015, 10:15:02 »
Did someone forget to tell the RCAF guy it was dress down Friday in Ukraine? He's the only one in DEU...

Ha!  The first (and probably only) time the RCAF out-does the Army in random dress bits and bobs.   ;)
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2015, 10:47:47 »
This picture is a good example of how good our Camo pattern is.   He blends in nicely with the landscaping.


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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #34 on: September 15, 2015, 11:12:38 »
This picture is a good example of how good our Camo pattern is.   He blends in nicely with the landscaping.

Why is he giving a British-Army style open hand salute? 

Why is this the first thing that pops into my head as I see that photo?
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2015, 11:15:18 »
Why is he giving a British-Army style open hand salute? 


He is an officer.  They are notorious for sloppy salutes.   >:D
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2015, 12:14:34 »
Why is he giving a British-Army style open hand salute? 

Why is this the first thing that pops into my head as I see that photo?
You're not alone - that's one reason why I posted it  >:D

This picture is a good example of how good our Camo pattern is.   He blends in nicely with the landscaping.
That's the other ....  ;D
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2015, 15:16:22 »
anyone notice that in that photo of everyone formed up, not one has a name tape on
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2015, 16:52:55 »
anyone notice that in that photo of everyone formed up, not one has a name tape on
Except for what appears to be the boss.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #39 on: September 15, 2015, 18:59:32 »
The guy with the bad salute and US Army style EOD patch also has a name.

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #40 on: October 08, 2015, 18:11:19 »
A few photos from the Canadians training the Ukrainians in Lviv, courtesy of the UKR Info-machine (source, in Ukrainian)
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #41 on: October 09, 2015, 06:47:16 »
A few photos from the Canadians training the Ukrainians in Lviv, courtesy of the UKR Info-machine (source, in Ukrainian)
And here's the Info-machine's official English version:
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The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the National Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi Land Forces Academy hosts the joint Canadian-Ukrainian exercise.

The Ukrainian soldiers undergo training according to the Canadian standards. The qualified Canadian experts along with the instructors of the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre share their experience and knowledge with Ukrainian soldiers. Soldiers learn how to act on the battlefield, render first aid, identify and neutralize IED, enhance their skills, etc.

This training of ATO experience servicemen will last two months.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #42 on: November 02, 2015, 06:17:58 »
What some Canadian MP's are up to (via the UKR Info-machine) ....
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The Canadian instructors of military police give courses for representatives of the Ukrainian Law Enforcement Service.

“In Canada, we have military, federal and municipal policies co-existing together. Each police has a right to conduct a pre-trial investigation. The military police is the best in it,” Lt. Col. Martin Laflamme, Commander of Land Forces Military Police, Canadian Armed Forces of Ukraine, stressed.

The Canadian officer believes that the Ukrainian military police have to cooperate with the similar European structures. Ukraine is the European state and should have consistent and integrated procedures.

Cooperation with Canadian military police means the first signs of cooperation with military law enforcement structures of the world. The USA, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, and Ireland plan to launch cooperation with Ukraine in experience exchange, joint exercises and formation of joint data bases, etc.
Attached photos also from the UKR Ministry of Defence.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #43 on: November 02, 2015, 12:40:39 »
MOAR Canadian help/instruction!  This, in Ukrainian, from the UKR MoD Info-machine - Google English translation below:
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The representative of Canada launched the course "Management of defense resources" at the National Defence University of Ukraine
4 hours ago | ID: 14935 | Views: 239

In the framework of international cooperation between Ukraine and Canada for students, researchers and teaching staff National University of Defense of Ukraine began a five-day course "Management of defense resources."

Experts Academy Defence of Canada will introduce participants to the basics of defense economics, defense planning and defense management NATO countries, as well as approaches to recruitment, training, use of armed forces and for defense procurement on the example of Canada, will provide an opportunity to realize that there are advantages in these approaches.

- The problem of crisis management procedures, including sector-level security is quite interesting and relevant. In this context "defense management course" that hold Canadian experts for the Ukrainian side has not only cognitive-theoretical and practical value directly. After all, reliability and efficiency of defense economics, defense planning and force development in general are important issues against the backdrop of war in our country and have a significant impact on the national security of Ukraine, - said the head of National University of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Vasily Telelym.

On the prospects of further cooperation between Ukraine and Canada in the fields of security and defense instructor course called Colonel Ross Fetterli:

- The Ministry of Defence of Canada held a number of reforms in the economy. We hope our experience will be useful for the Ukrainian side, and during the constructive dialogue we will update and deepen their own vision and understanding of the current geopolitical and military-political situation in the world.

It should be noted that the new and improved course was the third event of this level, which is carried out in close cooperation, representatives of the National Defence University of Ukraine and the Academy of Canadian defense.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #44 on: November 12, 2015, 02:57:00 »
How the troops spent Remembrance Day in Ukraine (with UKR's Deputy Minister of Defence - a politician, not a bureaucrat like DM's are here - dropping by) - Google English translation of this UKR MoD piece in Ukrainian:
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The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre Canadian military conducted a Memorial Day ceremony for the fallen heroes
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Today, 11 November, during his working visit to Lviv, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine on European Integration Igor Dolgov took part in the celebration of the Day in memory of the fallen heroes of the Canadian International Peacekeeping and Security National Army Academy named after hetman Sagaydachnogo.

Canadian troops, along with Ukrainian and American comrades minute's silence in memory of those who died in past wars.

Canadian Forces Lt. Jason Guinea (Hiney???) - Commander Canadian unit involved in Ukrainian-Canadian training course of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the ceremony Remembrance Day is very important to Canadians and Canadian army and is conducted every year on November 11 as in Canada and in all corners of the world, where are Canadian citizens.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #45 on: November 13, 2015, 08:43:08 »
MOAR Canadian help/instruction!  This, in Ukrainian, from the UKR MoD Info-machine - Google English translation below:

Defence Management!  We should be able to provide the Ukrainians with plenty of examples of WHAT NOT TO DO!

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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2015, 08:58:41 »
Defence Management!  We should be able to provide the Ukrainians with plenty of examples of WHAT NOT TO DO!
We could serve as a good "Before"?
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #47 on: November 29, 2015, 08:28:19 »
Some engineering help from Canada - this from the UKR Info-machine (photos attached) ....
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Saturday, November 28. KAMIANETS-PODILSKYI – The Demining Centre of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hosted an awarding ceremony of Ukrainian EOD specialists who graduated from special course conducted by the Canadian experts. During this ceremony Mr. Roman Vashchuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, passed the demining equipment to the Ukrainian servicemen. “Today, we do not give a weapon, we give the equipment for ‘disarmament’,” Mr. Roman Vashchuk stressed. “These are safety facilities for civil population and servicemen. It is a material manifestation of our friendship, our solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Col. Serhiy Zubarevskyi, Acting Chief of the Centre, on behalf of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine and the Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, thanked the Ambassador of Canada for support and equipment provided, “the Canadian people show us their support in our struggle for existence, demonstrate their strong stance for democracy”. The ceremony participants observed a minute of silence for the Holodomor victims. Canada passed three TALON systems, fifteen EOD9 suits, and three telescopic manipulators. The ATO troops will receive this equipment soon.
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The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, (on 28 Nov) announced that explosive ordnance disposal equipment has been transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in western Ukraine. This non-lethal equipment ‎will enable the Ukrainian Armed Forces to safely dispose of unexploded ammunition, such as artillery shells, thereby contributing to the safety and security of Ukrainians living in the affected regions.

This explosive ordnance disposal equipment has been provided by Global Affairs Canada and will be used during training offered by Canadian Armed Forces experts as part of Operation UNIFIER. A joint initiative by Canada’s Department of National Defence and Global Affairs Canada, Operation UNIFIER supports Ukraine’s efforts to maintain its security, stability and territorial integrity.

This is only one aspect of Canada’s multi-faceted support to Ukraine. Since January 2014, Canada has announced more than $700 million in assistance to respond to the crisis in Ukraine, which has claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people.

As Prime Minister Trudeau told President Putin at the G-20 Antalya Summit, Canada stands with the Ukrainian people and expects Russia to engage fully in the Minsk process. This includes ending its supply and support to insurgents in eastern Ukraine and fully respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada welcomes the initial steps taken by Ukraine to implement the political track of the Minsk agreements and looks forward to the continuation of an inclusive constitutional process.

Canada calls for further progress by all parties in implementing the Minsk agreements, building on steps in the past two months, including in the important area of weapons withdrawal from the Line of Contact. Renewed reports of ceasefire violations in recent weeks are cause for concern. Canada will continue to monitor this situation carefully and respond as necessary, in coordination with partners and allies.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #48 on: January 04, 2016, 13:06:44 »
More on Canadians' work in Ukraine, from the UKR MoD Info-machine:
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Canadian military instructors handed NATO certificates to Ukrainian sappers upon completion of the Canadian training course for disposal and countering to improvised explosive devices.

On the solemn presentation held at the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mine Clearing Center, head of the Center Colonel Vladimir Rodikov congratulated Ukrainian and Canadian soldiers.

He stressed that during the six months of training and experience exchange more than 40 military sappers graduated from the Mine Clearing Center.

“We learned a lot from our Canadian colleagues, and most importantly, we have made real friends. I am sure that the knowledge and skills acquired during the course will help not only our militaries, but also save lives of hundreds of civilians,” he said.

Colonel Vladimir Rodikov thanked the head of Canadian military trainers Major Littlechild for his understanding, competence and professional approach to the training.

Reference. The next group of instructors of the Armed Forces of Canada will come to the Mine Clearing Center on January 13, 2016. On January 18, they will start to train the next group of Ukrainian military engineers.
Photos courtesy of the UKR MoD.
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Re: Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine crisis
« Reply #49 on: January 13, 2016, 14:08:16 »
... according to the UKR MoD Info-machine:
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Officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mine Clearance Center have held a first meeting with a new rotation of Canadian military instructors, which arrived to Ukraine in order to teach Ukrainian specialists engineer business.

During the meeting, the Centre Chief Colonel Vladimir Rodikov thanked the Canadian colleagues who had fulfilled their mission for cooperation, good organization of training process and deep mutual understanding.

He expressed conviction that the training program for engineers that started in 2015 would continue and improve.

Deputy Mayor of Kamianets-Podilskyi Vadym Savchuk thanked the Canadian militaries for their active participation in public life of the city and presented them with local souvenirs and gifts.

During the meeting, both sides agreed on details of the official opening of the next training course to be held at the Mine Clearing Centre at 9.00, January 18, 2016.
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