Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki, the Commander of Canada's military training mission to Ukraine Operation UNIFIER, said this during the ceremony of transfer of command to Lieutenant-Colonel Kristopher Reeves, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"We are deeply proud of the progress that has been achieved by the men and women of this Task Force. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are well on their way to NATO compatibility, in part because of the hard work of our Canadian Armed Forces members here in Ukraine, and that is an outstanding legacy to be a part of," Lubiniecki said.
In turn, Lieutenant-Colonel Kristopher Reeves promised to continue his predecessor's work to promote security in the region.
"We look forward to building on the exceptional work of our Canadian colleagues in promoting security in the region through the capacity building and training of our friends and partners in the Ukrainian Armed Forces," Reeves said.
As reported, the Canadian government announced early March its decision to extend Canada's military training mission to Ukraine Operation UNIFIER for another two years until March 31, 2019. About 200 Canadian military instructors have been training Ukrainian servicemen within the framework of this mission. During this time, through the Canadians conducted 130 training courses, joined by more than 5,580 Ukrainian troops.
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