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Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met in Ukraine with members of the Estonian special operations forces training team

25. August 2017 - 15:30

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with Estonian special operations forces who are training members of a Ukrainian special forces regiment.

According to Minister of Defence Luik, the work of Estonian special operations forces in Ukraine is highly valued, which was also confirmed to him by President Petro Poroshenko.

‘Estonia’s contribution to supporting Ukrainians is, first and foremost, the work which our special operations forces are doing here, and I am happy that a spirit of camaraderie has developed between Estonians and Ukrainians during the training', said Luik.

President Poroshenko recently announced that a new and modern military base will be built in Kropivnitski, where Estonian servicemen are also providing training, for the Ukrainian special forces regiment. During the construction of this base the experience and example set by Estonian special operations forces will also be followed in many ways.

‘Over a period of eighteen months, while foreign partners have been training Ukrainian special forces, the prerequisites for transferring over to NATO structures and working procedures have been established. This is very important, since progress in the special forces also serves as a road map for the reforming of the other services that are a part of the Ukrainian armed forces’, said Colonel Risto Lumi, Estonian Military Attaché to Ukraine.

Estonian special operations forces, in cooperation with special operations forces from other countries, are providing training to Ukrainian special forces, who are in turn participating in combat operations.