NATO to help develop Ukrainian Special Forces

In the near future, Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will reach an agreement that will see the creation of Ukrainian Special Operations Forces.  This was said by the Acting Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Yehor Bozhok, and was reported by the UNIAN news agency.

 “In the near future, I do not want to preempt this, but soon you will see concrete results and agreements regarding the establishment of the Special Operations Forces. We will sign this agreement with the Alliance based on the results of meetings held with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.  It will be signed at the headquarters of NATO and the headquarters of the Commander of Allied Forces in Europe in Mons,” Bozhok said.

Bozhok also stated that the document will be signed in the coming weeks in Ukraine.  “This will be the agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and NATO in the creation of the Special Operations Forces, which will identify a number of specific areas where we will receive advisory, training and logistical assistance from NATO," he said.

According to Bozhok, cooperation between NATO and Ukraine in this sphere “would cover a wide range of issues from doctrinal basis to specific training and specific equipment of fighters.”

In addition, he stated that Ukraine and its allies in NATO had also reached an agreement to launch a project with NATO’s assistance to reconstruct the country's naval forces in the near future.

“We’re talking about restoring older standards and implementing new standards, which actually means the formation of the new Navy Forces,” Bozhok said.  When questioned as to when this will be possible, he noted that these projects “focus on the summit” of NATO, which is planned to be held in July in Warsaw.

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