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From an idea to the creation

Lithuanian–Polish–Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG is a multinational unit consisting of subunits from the Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Agreement on its creation was signed on the 19th of September 2014 in Warsaw. The Brigade was finally formed in the fall of 2015.

Establishing of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade is a part of continuous process of consistent and long-term military cooperation between Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania. This model of cooperation has been previously carried out in the frame of Polish-Ukrainian Battalion (POLUKRBAT) and Lithuanian-Polish Battalion (LITPOLBAT). These military units existed respectively in the years 1998-2010 and 1997-2008. From 2000 to 2010 subunits of POLUKRBAT (enforced by Lithuanian platoon) took part in KFOR operation in Kosovo. As for LITPOLBAT, in 2000 it was accounted to EU Quick Response Forces.

On the 14th of June 2007 during an EU Defence Ministers' meeting, Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian ministers agreed to create a multinational unit Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian peacekeeping battalion LITPOLUKRBAT. In the fall of 2008 the proposed unit type was specified as a brigade.

The Ministers of Defence of the establishing countries endorsed the agreement on forming the trilateral Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG in Warsaw on the 19th of September 2014. The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and the Government of the Republic of Poland, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on creation of a joint military brigade was issued.

19 Sept 14 the Minister of National Defence of Republic of Poland, the Minister of National Defence of Republic of Lithuania and the Minister of Defence of Ukraine sing agreement on forming the trilateral Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian unit.

On the 24th of July 2015 the Technical Arrangement was signed in Lviv (Ukraine). It focused on detailed aspects of the joint military unit LITPOLUKRBRIG and its command.

24 July 15 Defence Ministries of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine signed the Technical Agreement on Details of functioning of the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Military Unit LITPOLUKRBRIG and its command.

On the 25th of January 2016 Antoni Macierewicz, the Minister of National Defence of Republic of Poland, Juozas Olekas, the Minister of National Defence of Republic of Lithuania and General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine inaugurated the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKBRIG at the official opening ceremony in Lublin.

 

It was held in the headquarters. In one formation, in front of the ministers and the distinguished guests were aligned soldiers from Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

This date is recognized as the day of achieving Initial Operational Capabilities. After almost one year long path of professional development and intensive training, LITPOLUKRBRIG took a Certification Exercise and achieved Full Operational Capabilities. In the period of 8th to 16th of December 2016, the Brigade Command and Headquarters of certain affiliated units participated in the Computer Assisted Command Post Exercise Common Challenge-16.

During the Exercise the Multinational Certification Team Certified the Brigade Command on the ability to lead assigned troops through Crisis-Response and Humanitarian Assistance Operations. This validated the Letter of Certification signed by Minister of National Defence of Poland Antoni Macierewicz, Minister of National Defence of Lithuanian Raimundas Karoblis and the Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Ihor Dolgov on 15th December 2016. The verification finished on 24th January 2017.

LITPOLUKRBRIG routine

The Brigade headquarters and staff are located in Lublin, Poland. The LITPOLUKRBRIG battalions are held on standby in their home countries, and deploy in composition of LITPOLUKRBRIG in case a decision is made to activate the Brigade or any of its elements.

The LITPOLUKRBRIG is made up of an international staff, three battalions and special-purpose units. Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine each assigns an infantry battalion, and personnel for special-purpose units and the LITPOLUKRBRIG staff. LITPOLUKRBRIG maneuver battalions are the Lithuanian Army Land Forces Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion (Lithuania), 5 Podhale Rifleman battalion (Poland), 1 Airmobile Battalion of the 80 Airborne Brigade (Ukraine). Also, there is a number of battle support and logistic units in the Brigade structure.

Representatives of Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are assigned to the positions of LITPOLUKRBRIG Commander, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff on a three years rotating basis. The current LITPOLUKRBRIG commander is Colonel Zenon Brzuszko (Polish Armed Forces). Second in command is Deputy Commander Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov (Ukrainian Armed Forces). Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Senulis (Lithuanian Armed Forces) has been assigned as the Chief of Staff of the LITPOLUKRBRIG.

The LITPOLUKRBRIG personnel participates in joint training and exercises, the Brigade or its elements might be deployed to international operations mandated by the United Nations Security Council, while decision regarding deployment of the LITPOLUKRBRIG to international operations will be made by general consent of all the establishing countries.

Initial Operational Capabilities achieved on the 25th of January.

Full Operational Capabilities achieved on 24th January 2017.

 

 

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