On March 7, Brigadier General Adam Joks – Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade (LITPOLUKRBRIG) Commander and his Deputy Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov visited South-Eastern Europe Brigade SEEBRIG Command in order to initiate cooperation and learn their experience, according to the Brigade’s press release, Joinfo.ua reported.
During working in the multinational military unit Headquarters, Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade delegation discussed experience of participation in one military formation of the units from NATO countries and NATO countries-partners. Since 1999 Republic of Albania, Republic of Bulgaria, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Republic of Turkey have been successfully participating in the format of SEEBRIG. The brigade passed required trainings and its units participated in the operations in Afghanistan. The fruitful experience of routine procedures as well as performing operational tasks is important to learn for LITPOLUKRBRIG.
“We compared the structures of our two brigades and discussed some related issues. Together with SEEBRIG Command officers we defined cooperation and experience exchange aspects which lay in the area of our mutual interest. For instance, we may apply within LITPOLUKRBRIG the annual unit assessment techniques. Within SEEBRIG under the Brigade Commander operates the evaluation team, which revises and assesses all the battalions. Also, we are interested in learning the procedure of planning and preparing the operations. Our partners shared some developments with us. Over all, we established friendship and further fruitful cooperation between LITPOLUKRBRIG and SEEBRIG” stated Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov.
All the lessons learned and taken trip notes are about to become a base for suggestions to be discussed by the trilateral Coordination Group and perceptively applied in LITPOLUKRBRIG.
It should be recalled that on January 25, 2016, the defence ministers of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine – Juozas Olekas, Antoni Macierewicz and Stepan Poltorak opened the headquarters of the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade (LITPOLUKRBRIG) in Lublin, Poland. The Brigade will consists of an international headquarters, three infantry battalions and specialized units.
On July 24, 2015 in Lviv, the defense ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine signed a technical agreement to establish a joint military brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG, which would consist of 2,000 Poland soldiers, 545 – from Ukraine, 350 – from Lithuania.
Later, on September 19, 2014 in Warsaw, the defense ministers of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania endorsed the agreement on establishing the Brigade.