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Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine to Open Joint Brigade HQ in Poland Monday

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The defense chiefs of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine will take part in an opening ceremony of a joint brigade headquarters in the Polish city of Lublin on Monday, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Ukrainian army soldiers perform a weapons exercise at a training ground outside Lviv, western Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 - Sputnik International
Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania Set Up Joint Military Brigade
VILNIUS (Sputnik) – The three East and Central European countries signed an agreement establishing LITPOLUKRBRIG in September 2014. The brigade is due to be involved in UN and EU peacekeeping and border protection operations.

"Project LITPOLUKRBRIG will create an opportunity for the soldiers to work in one headquarters, to take part in joint exercises, prepare for international missions and share experiences," Minister Juozas Olekas said.

Olekas added that the project would not only help the Ukrainian army to adopt to NATO standards, but also "allows the military of Lithuania and Poland to learn from the valuable experience of Ukrainian colleagues."

The three defense ministers plan to discuss the security situation in Ukraine and reforms in its defense sector at the LITPOLUKRBRIG opening ceremony in Lublin.

The headquarters is scheduled to prepare for Common Challenge certification drills by 2017.

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