December 18, 2017 – FRN –
Representatives of NATO have become frequent in Kharkov. Is this something of concern? Here are just a few facts.
Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine has announced that it is ready to participate in the training of future officers of the National Guard of Ukraine. As the attaché of the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine said, Brian Irwin, this mission is “ready to provide instructors for the training of personnel that will be deployed and trained in the military university located in Kharkov.”
According to the attache, courses of English will be held in Canada for a choice of either twelve weeks, four or eight months. It is advisable to attract representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine there. “In addition, we are ready to consider the possibility of assisting in the improvement of training facilities here, intended for language training”, – said Irwin.
The question arises, why do current and future internal troops require English language courses? Do they desperately need to learn some other phrases besides the basic greetings, in case they deal with foreigners?
Within the framework of NATO’s program “Improvement of military education”, representatives have recently visited the Kharkov National University of the Air Force. The parties reached an agreement on the training of military specialists, the introduction of modern teaching methods, leadership courses, and the foundations of strategic management according to NATO standards.
In August, officers of the National Guard were trained to NATO standards in the village of Rakitnoye, Kharkiv region. They were instructed in shooting, tactics and various types of combat. In addition, they learned to provide medical assistance in combat conditions.
The program, which is designed to be held over eight months, the local gendarmes learned in two weeks. A crash course in NATO standards.
In September, Ukroboronprom and Poland’s Bumar-Labedy presented the PT-17 tank (upgraded to NATO T-72 tanks) at the expo MSPO-2017. The Soviet tank was re-equipped to be suitable to the defense complexes of Poland, and for Ukraine to demonstrate its capabilities to the potential customer, that is, the Polish Ministry of Defense.
The combat vehicle received a 120-mm NATO-made KBM2 cannon, which was manufactured at the Kharkov Design Bureau for Machine Building. Local engineers redesigned the automatic loading device for the use of NATO tank ammunition and changed the design of the tower.
Izyum (town) instrument-making plant, which produces optical glass, and also develops and manufactures most of the guidance and surveillance devices for Ukrainian armored vehicles, missile weapons, helicopters, and some types of small arms, has also adopted NATO standards.
“Comparative tests were recently conducted with NATO countries. In addition to our existing complex, the military production of NATO countries was used to enhance our sytems. This means that our Ukrainian complex of missile defense is capable of ensuring the destruction of targets, equipped with the most advanced warning systems for attacks.” said Valery Kovalenko, the plant’s chief designer.
Then, the Kharkov National University of Internal Affairs held a round table discussion “The Safety of Ukraine: the Kharkov Regional Dimension”. With the help of the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine, they talked about how to evaluate the actual threats and psychological drivers of the population, identify specific problems that form regional security environment.
Director of the Department for Defense, Mobilization and Interaction with Law Enforcement Agencies, Alexei Maksimov said: “The issue of public safety is one of the most urgent for the Kharkiv region, with 315 km of borders bordering on the Russian Federation. Today, three defense programs are being implemented in the region: countering terrorist activities, a comprehensive program for ensuring public security and order, and a territorial defense program. “
The Director of NATO Information and Documentation Center in Kiev, Barbara Maronkova, noted: “In Ukraine, there are significant changes in the citizens’ understanding of NATO’s goals and objectives, attitude to the actions of this political-military organization, especially when NATO significantly strengthened support for Ukraine after the events of 2014.
The Alliance actively cooperates with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, the Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine; in order to implement civil protection projects, and finance participation of Ukrainian representatives in these events. This work will continue in the future. “
Thus, not only is the Defense Department and the National Guard connected to NATO programs, but also the Security Service and regional manufacturing plants.
We can see that an increasing number of local residents are involved in cooperation with NATO. And not only the higher authorities, as before, but also general employees and middle-level engineers. In the conditions of breaking traditional ties with Russia, the empty places are filled by those who are not opposed to such cooperation.
See also NATO’s plans for the southern Ukrainian city of Ochakov.
Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.