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The International Cooperation Department, National Guard of Ukraine makes every effort to develop and maintain a constructive dialogue with partner countries in the areas of military cooperation and public order protection for the high-quality performance of tasks for the protection of life, rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens, society and the state from criminal and other illegal encroachments, protection of public order and public safety, as well as jointly with law enforcement agencies - from state security and protection of the state border to neutralization of terrorist activity and activity of illegal armed formings (groups), terrorist organizations, organized crime groups.
The international projects appear to be an important instrument in experience exchange and interoperability gaining.
In the process of development of NGU one of the strategic goals is the recognition of the structure on the international arena. Therefore, from the moment of its creation, an on-going effort is being put in this direction.
In October 2017, the National Guard of Ukraine was granted the status of full member of the International Association of Gendarmerie and Military Police forces (FIEP) at the annual FIEP Summit of Directors and Commanders in Amman, Jordan.
The International Association of Gendarmerie and Military Police ‘FIEP’ is a professional international organization that brings together law enforcement structures with military status worldwide and is a powerful platform for sharing experiences on issues of public security, countering transnational crime, terrorism, threats to national and international security, as well as the formation of a common policy aimed at ensuring stability and security in the international environment.
The entry of NGU into the FIEP became a powerful impulse and a clear signal to continue the reforms in the National Guard of Ukraine, adapting the national legislation of Ukraine to democratic norms and standards of the leading countries of the world.
The main objective of the Association is to establish contacts, to deepen the relationship between military law enforcement agencies, to introduce active innovations in police cooperation, to strengthen mutual solidarity and to improve the quality of organizational and structural models, to coordinate them in accordance with existing international agreements, to facilitate the exchange of information and experience in such sectors as:
administration of service;
new technologies and logistics;
Solving pan-European issues.
Today the Association consists of:
National Gendarmerie of France (1994);
Troops of Carabinieri of Italy (1994);
Civil Guard of Spain (1994);
National Republican Guard of Portugal (1996);
Turkish Gendarmerie (1998);
Royal Guard of the Netherlands (1999);
Royal Gendarmerie of Morocco (1999);
Romanian Gendarmerie (2002);
Jordan Gendarmerie (2011);
National Guard of Tunisia (2016)
National Guard of Ukraine (2016);
National Security Forces of Palestine (2015);
Brazilian Military Police (2016).
Associate members of the Association (agencies of those countries that do not meet the geographical requirements):
National Gendarmerie of the Republic of Argentina (2005);
Carabinieri of the Republic of Chile (2005);
State Security Forces of State of Qatar (2013).
Benefits of membership in the Association:
- recognition of the National Guard of Ukraine as equal to similar structures of the countries of Europe and the World testifies to the compliance of the National Guard of Ukraine with international requirements to similar law-enforcement organizations and emphasizes the trust to National Guard of Ukraine on the part of its international partners;
- strengthened support of foreign partners in the process of reforming the National Guard of Ukraine and bringing its activities to the norms and standards of law-enforcement formations of the member-states of the Association;
- intensification of cooperation with colleagues around the world, development and strengthening of international relations with the member countries and partners of the Association of FIEP;
- Expanded opportunities for exchanging experience in areas of common interest for the Association’s member bodies as well as participation in events to discuss common challenges and threats to national and international security.
To continue the reforming process and the NGU’s alignment to the new missions that arise from the unprecedented threats and the social and political situation in Ukraine, the main efforts of the international cooperation are put to develop the existing bilateral relations as well as launch new liaisons with foreign partners. Huge attention is paid to the implementation of existing international projects and launching the new ones in all spheres of National Guard activities as well as to the activation of cooperation with international organisations (NATO, EU, EUAM, OSCE, UN, FIEP, EGF etc.). The National Guard of Ukraine takes an active part in Multinational Joint Committee (MJC) on military cooperation and defense reform along with expanding the possibilities of taking training and excellence courses at the foreign military and law enforcement schools&agencies. International cooperation department coordinates the NG participation in joint military/law enforcement trainings, language studying and foreign rehabilitation for NG servicemen - participants of antiterrorist operation and others.
2017 proved to be fruitful for the National Guard and resulted in a number of productive international projects that form a sound basis on the path to European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
During 2016 the implementation of the international project “Inclusion of Ukraine’s Physical Nuclear Safety System into the Framework for the Global Physical Nuclear Security (GPNS)“ continued in cooperation with the Agency for the Reduction of Threats, United States Department of Defense;
The project provides support for NGU in four main directions, which will help to integrate the physical nuclear safety system and ensure the readiness of the National Guard’s response forces.
Thus, within the framework of the project, training courses for the physical protection of nuclear safety at the training centers of the United States of America are constantly taking place.
The main mission of the project is to assist the National Guard of Ukraine in order to strengthen its possibilities for the nuclear sites security.
In 2017, another international project of NGU with Gendarmerie of Romania “Support to the development of the National Guard of Ukraine” was accomplished.
The purpose of the project is to increase the institutional capacity of the National Guard of Ukraine to fulfill its public safety tasks.
The project provided the training of NGU personnel on mountain rescue and evacuation operations, the special units experience exchange, participation in joint exercises on the implementation of public order missions alongside the Romanian Gendarmerie personnel.
One of the important results achieved in the framework of joint projects is the creation of the Mountain Unit for providing security in mountainous areas and assistance to tourists and the local population. This work is based on the experience of Romania’s Gendarmerie experience contributing to the implementation of European approaches in ensuring security and raising public confidence in the National Guard of Ukraine.
Also, within the framework of the projects, Ukrainian experts had the opportunity to study the practical experience of the departments for public order protection, protection of critical infrastructure, special purpose units, K-9 service and the press-service.
In 2017, a “Resilient Ukraine: Civic Society and Volunteers for Strengthening Ukraine’s National Security and Stability” joint international project, launched by the NGU and the Republic of Estonia in the person of the International Center for Defense and Security of Estonia (ICDS) and the Kaiselit Defense Union, continued its activities.
The purpose of the project is to gain experience of Estonian colleagues in the fields of information and strategic communication, to improve work with reservists and volunteers, security of the information space, civil-military cooperation, etc.
The project is planned to be implemented through holding seminars and consultations by Estonian colleagues on the coverage of their experience in the field of security and national stability, as well as the development of recommendations for the implementation of such a system in Ukraine.
During the year, units and servicemen of NGU participated in the following multinational exercises: Rapid Trident; Sea Breeze; International Training of European Police Forces “EUPST”.
The training of the European Police Force “EUPST” should be mentioned separately. There, on the basis of the international training center of the French National Gendarmerie in Saint-Astier, the NGU unit was marked as one of the best among law enforcement units of different countries, among which there were units of France, Spain, the Netherlands, etc.
Representatives of NGU participate in the work of the Multinational Joint Coordinating Committee together with representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and representatives of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Poland and Lithuania. The main task of the Joint Committee is to develop and implement effective mechanisms for the interaction of the Ukrainian and US defense forces in the process of Ukrainian reform.
Within the framework of the work of the MJC with the American side, a plan for conducting joint exercises with US Army units during 2018-2020 has been discussed and prepared on the basis of the Training Center “Stare”.
As part of the work of the Multinational Joint Coordinating Committee on Military Cooperation and Defense Reform, agreements were reached on the provision of materiel support to NGU.
One of the priority directions of the international activity of NGU is the development and deepening of relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The National Guard of Ukraine, as a component of the security and defense sector, participates in many initiatives and programs in the framework of cooperation with NATO:
Annual National Program (ANP);
Planning and Review Process (PARP);
Approved partnership package for NGU:
Goal # 1: Integrity Building
Goal # 2: Planning and Budgeting.
In addition, NGU participates in the implementation of the Partnership Goals for the Ministry of Defense in the following areas:
Command&Control Reform (C2);
Integrated logistics system;
Communications and computer systems;
National Standardization System.
NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Military Reform (JWG MR);
NATO Trust Funds;
Ukraine-NATO Trust Fund for Physical Rehabilitation (Prosthetics)
Representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine take part in events and expert consultations with foreign experts in order to improve their qualifications.
So, the representative of NGU took part in internship in the field of physical therapy and ergotherapy on the basis of the National Military Medical Center. C. Reed, Maryland, USA from 08 October to 07 November 2017.
Also, within the framework of the fund’s activities, considerable support is provided to the Guardsmen - members of the ATO by foreign medical institutions, in particular on rehabilitation and prosthetics.
Ukraine-NATO Trust Fund for the Reform of the Logistics and Standardization Systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine take part in events and expert consultations with foreign experts in order to improve their qualifications and acquaint themselves with the logistics system of NATO member countries.
Ukraine-NATO Trust Fund for the Conversion of a Military Career to a Professional Civilian one
Participation of representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine in activities of the Trust Fund is aimed at the development of a sustainable and effective program of social adaptation of servicemen returning to civilian life.
Ukraine-NATO Trust Fund for Command, Control, Communication and Computerization (C4)
The National Guard of Ukraine takes part in the project of modernization of the architectural network of communication and control along with other components of the security and defense sector of Ukraine.
Ukraine-NATO Trust Fund for demining and counter improvised explosive devices
As part of the interagency working group NGU representatives involved in the development of a unified national concept for demining.
NATO-Ukraine Cybersecurity Trust Fund
At the end of 2017, the National Guard of Ukraine was included to the activities of the Cybersecurity Trust Fund for 2018.
Also, the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine cooperates with the National Guard within the framework of the Professional Development Programs, and Building Integrity Program as well as the NATO Supply&Procurement Agency.
These programs make their input into the NG representatives knowledge&skills improvement in language learning, computer skills, NATO awareness, corruption struggling etc.
Treatment and rehabilitation of the wounded
During 2017 coordination of the rehabilitation of NGU servicemen and their family members was ensured:
in Georgia (40 people), of which 8 people are members of their families;
in Poland (10 people);
Participation of representatives of NGU in the marathon of the US Marine Corps (Washington) (1 person) and in the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada (1 pers.);
Coordination of sending 11 children of NGU servicemen for rehabilitation to the Republic of Latvia was provided.
In 2017, implementation of programs of bilateral cooperation with similar structures of European and world countries has been ensured.
TROOPS OF CARABINIERI OF ITALIAN REPUBLIC
In 2017, a number of bilateral events on the exchange of experience in the field of public safety were held.
The practical training of the NGU instructors on public order protection was conducted.
the representatives of the NGU underwent a weekly training course at the Center for Mountain Training of the Carabinieri Troops of Italy (training for operations in mountainous areas, studying the practical experience of the operations of the mountain units of the Carabinieri troops of Italy during rescue operations or evacuation of civilians from the scene).
Also, a visit of the NGU delegation to the Carabinieri of Italy was held, during which it was agreed to expand bilateral cooperation for 2018.
CALIFORNIAN NATIONAL GUARD
Year of 2017 brought fruitful gains in the development of the relations of two guards.
In 2017, the following joint events were held with the California National Guard:
March 27-31, 2017 Representatives of the Chaplaincy of the National Guard of California provided assistance in the development of key normative and organizational documents of the multi-confessional military chaplaincy of the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine.
Representatives of the US Air Force in Europe and the Air Forces of the National Guard of California held classes on the organization of the protection of military facilities in the period from May 8 to 12, 2017 in Alexandria.
In the period from July 31 to August 4, 2017, instructors from the California National Guard conducted a training course for officers of the headquarters of the battalion-brigade unit for the military decision-making process.
From March 17 to November 10, 2017, the National Guard of Ukraine provided advisory assistance to the development of training centers and the National Academy of NGU and the development of guidance documents on the preparation of headquarters adviser from the National Guard of California, as part of the Group of Advisers on Doctrine and Education, Captain Serguei Luchnikov. During his tenure, he made visits to the National Academy of NGU, the Training Center of the NGU (Zolochiv), the International Interdepartmental Center for the Preparation of Units and the Rapid Reaction Brigade.
The delegation of the NGU, led by the commander of the National Guard of Ukraine, visited the 7th command of personnel training for the period from November 12 to 16, 2017 to familiarize with the structure and main tasks of the 7th Command, the principles of training and the educational and material base of training centers, as well as visiting the active phase of conducting international military exercises “Spirit of Partnership - 7”.
On December 1, 2017, a delegation from the National Guard of California headed by the commander paid a visit to the National Academy of NGU in order to get acquainted with the educational and material base and discuss possible areas of cooperation. During the meeting, the commander of the NGU offered to initiate an exchange of experience between the NGU and the California National Guard schools.
Over the past three years, our cooperation has come to a completely different level: successful implementation of two large-scale joint projects with the gendarmerie of Romania (2014-2015 and 2016-2017) with the support and funding of the Government of Romania, with the aim of improving the activities of the National Guard of Ukraine on the enforcement of law enforcement functions in line with European practices.
In addition, cooperation was started between the Romanian Gendarmerie Training School (Falticeni) and the National Guard Training Center of Ukraine (Zolochiv), which will allow the exchange of experience with the training facilities and contracted training schools.
The role of the gendarmerie of Romania, its assistance and support in the process of Ukrainian National Guard’s accession to the International Gendarmerie and Police Force in the status of military institution - FIEP and full membership - should be emphasized.
In the long run, it is planned to sign a new Protocol on cooperation between the National Guard of Ukraine and the gendarmerie of Romania, which will inspire long-term cooperation on a qualitatively new level, as well as the development and strengthening of existing cooperation.
FRENCH NATIONAL GENDARMERIE
2017 opened a new chapter for the development of relations between the two law enforcement agencies.
The cooperation of the National Guard of Ukraine with the National Gendarmerie of France is restored on the following main directions:
Training at the School of Officers of the National Gendarmerie of France (Melen);
EMS training at the School of Officers of the National Gendarmerie de France (Melen);
Internship on Intervention and Protection Technique at the Training Center of the Interventional Group of the French National Gendarmerie (GIGN);
Internship on the basis of the National Center for the Preparation of the Gendarmerie Forces (CNEFG) in the areas of preparation of battalion commanders / mobile gendarmerie commanders, “monitor” and “instructor” of professional intervention, protection of VIP persons.
During the visit of the delegation of the National Guard of Ukraine headed by the commander in France, a visit to the General Directorate of the National Gendarmerie of France (Paris, France) was held to attend the Closing Ceremony of the European Police Force (EUPST), as well as a meeting with the First Deputy Director General of the National Gendarmerie France, General Rodriguez.
This year, for the first time in the last few years, the Ukrainian law enforcement agency visited the high-level delegation of the Gendarmerie Turkey.
As a result of the agreements, the following areas of cooperation were identified:
Exchange of experience;
Training in Turkish training centers;
Training at the Turkish Academy of Gendarmerie;
Studying of the Turkish language.
ARMED FORCES OF REPUBLIC OF POLAND
Work is underway to expand cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, as follows:
On June 13, 2017, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Poland paid a working visit to the Main Directorate of the National Guard of Ukraine in order to get acquainted with the activities of the National Guard of Ukraine, informing about the achievements in reforming the NGU and discussing the directions of further cooperation.
At the invitation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, the delegation of the National Guard of Ukraine led by the Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine during the period from July 25 to July 28, 2017, made an official visit to the Republic of Poland in order to familiarize with the activities of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, their structure, tasks, and training of personnel, as well as discuss and determine the directions of further cooperation with the National Guard of Ukraine.
Within the framework of bilateral cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, 4 representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine have completed six months of intensive courses on the study of English on the basis of educational establishments of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.
People’s Armed Police of China
At the invitation of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ukraine, the delegation of the National Guard of Ukraine from 16 to 22 July 2017 made an official visit to the People’s Republic of China in order to familiarize with the activities of the People’s Armed Police of the People’s Republic of China, its structure, tasks, management and personnel training, as well as discuss and determine the direction of further cooperation with the National Guard of Ukraine.
The servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine actively participate in international peace and security operations.
16 NПU military personnel participate in international peace and security operations (United Nations Mission) in: Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Liberia, United Nations Headquarters.
In order to prepare for participation in the UN missions training of NGU servicemen is provided at various peacekeeping courses on the basis of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU, Vicenza, Italy).
In order to streamline the participation of NGU servicemen in international peacekeeping and security operations of the United Nations, a department for the NGU’s peacekeeping activity was established on the basis of the military unit of 2260.
Work is also under way to increase the participation of the National Guard in the UN peacekeeping and security operations.
In order to achieve interoperability with similar structures in Europe and the world, language training improvement is important among the staff of NGU. For example, for 64 officers of the Main Department of NGU, English language courses were organized with the support of the Professional Development Program of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine. Of these, 45 officers received certificates.
In addition, the British Council in the framework of the Year of the English Language in Ukraine organized for 16 officers of the Main Department of the NGU 18-month English language courses, which resulted in the officers obtaining B1 and B2 certifications. 14 of them are continuing to study in advanced courses at the British Councils since December 2017.
Servicemen who have expressed a desire to obtain a basic level of English have been added to the online platform “Lingva skills”. Today the number of students is 695 people.
Also, within the framework of cooperation with the NATO NSPA Program, 2 representatives of NGU completed specialized English language courses for logistics representatives.
Intensive English Language Courses were started on the basis of the language center of NGU (In 2017 - 29 NGU soldiers were trained and received certificates according to the NATO STANAG 6001 language standard at level 1111). It is planned to expand the training for the three study groups simultaneously, as well as the introduction of intensive courses in the French language in 2018.
In order to improve language training in cooperation with the Professional Development Program together with the Attache on defense issues, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Ukraine in 2017 purchased and handed over to the NGU Academy the English textbooks for a total amount of UAH 430,000 (445 copies).
Continuation of work within the framework of the membership in the FIEP;
Continuation of work within existing NATO initiatives and programs;
Launch of cooperation with the Armed Forces of Canada and the United Kingdom;
Continuation of work within the Multinational Joint Coordinating Committee on Military Cooperation and Defense Reform (MJC);
Launching of cooperation with the European Union Consultative Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (EUAM);
Development of cooperation with the European Gendarmerie Force (EGF);
increasing NGU participation in international peacekeeping and security operations;
Continuation of work on the implementation of international projects;
expanding participation in international exercises;
An increase in the number of foreign language courses for staff and teachers in Ukraine and abroad.