: U.S. army colonel on challenges to defense reform in Ukraine
Opinion12:22 Mar. 29, 2016

U.S. army colonel on challenges to defense reform in Ukraine

Colonel Ted Donnelly discusses training of Ukrainian military personnel of all ranks

Ukraine Today's Viewpoint is joined by U.S. Army Colonel Ted Donnelly to discuss the USA-Ukraine military cooperation. 

"Two years ago we created U.S.-Ukraine joint commission on defence reform and bilateral cooperation in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea peninsula. And we felt we needed to develop a system and a process to make sure that we were giving the best expert advice to Ukrainian side and to our own leadership. In short order other countries joined us and now it is a multilateral commission – we have the United Kingdom, Canada and most recent Lithuania as part of this group. So now we're five countries and we changed the name to multinational joint commission on defence reform and multilateral cooperation."

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"Lack of institutional training capacity and capability in Ukrainian Armed Forces – was number one priority, which we identified as a challenge for the Ukrainian army. While it's being tackled it has not been resolved yet. It is a very large problem set, it will take several years to develop that system, I think we're off to a very good start, but what we're trying to develop here in Ukraine – is to develop capacity, so that Ukrainian military can train itself, without allied assistance, without allied support."

"Ukraine's at war. There are significant material needs, most of them it well in the capacity of Ukraine to get after and provide for itself. We have agreed multilaterally with our allies that we will focus on the training."

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