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Ukraine’s military training and education reform is among the priority areas, Vice Minister V. Umbrasas says


On January 30 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas discussed the importance of officer training based on Western standards, Ukraine’s military training programmes, and reform underway, at a meeting with Lieutenant General Anatolyi Syrotenko, Commandant of the National Defence University of Ukraine, and his deputies. “I am happy about the successful cooperation between military raining institutions of Lithuania and Ukraine – apprenticeship plans, seminars, staff officer course’s study visit in Ukraine. We are ready to share our experience,” V. Umbrasas said at the meeting and stressed that international advisors identified the Ukrainian military training and education system reform as one of key priority areas.


On January 29 the guests visited the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, familiarised with military and qualification training system for Lithuanian officers, university-level studies of officers and cadets, the ongoing leader kills training programme, Vytautas the Great army command and staff course.


The guest delegation was interested in the legal aspects of accreditation of study programmes delivered to cadets, basic officer – leader development programme, non-formal leader development system, leader selection centre activity, publishing of scientific publications of the Academy, career courses delivered at the Academy for Lithuanian and foreign officers.


The delegation of the National Defence University of Ukraine is visiting Lithuania at the invitation of Brigadier General Algis Vaičeliūnas, Commandant of the Academy. He was visiting the National Defence University of Ukraine in December 2017 and Military Academies of Lviv, Kharkov and Odesa this month.


The Lithuanian Armed Forces provides assistance to the Ukrainian military training reform and seeks to help to apply Western standards in the Ukrainian Armed Forces seeking to improve interoperability with NATO allies’ forces. A Lithuanian representative supervises professionalization of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Defence Reform Advisory Board, and in the NATO Liaison Office a Lithuanian officer advices on the Ukrainian NCO reform.


Constant cooperation with Ukraine remains among the most important foreign and security policy priorities: Lithuania supports Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations, assists in reaching the objectives of applying NATO standards, and helps strengthening its defence capabilities.


Since the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, Lithuania has been actively rendering all kinds of legally permitted, including military, assistance to Ukraine. Lithuania has transferred elements of weaponry and ammunition to Ukraine, accepts injured Ukrainian soldiers for treatment and rehabilitation in Lithuania. Alongside allies, Lithuania helps reform and training the Ukrainian Armed Forces.


Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis (MoD) and the Military Academy of Lithuania

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