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 Ukraine to participate in new NATO mission in Afghanistan

Ukraine will join Resolute Support - the new advisory and training mission in Afghanistan.

Minister-Counselor of the NATO Mission in Ukraine Yehor Bozhok announced, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"Ukraine is one of the first partner countries which got involved in the preparation of a new advisory and training mission of the Alliance in Afghanistan. It is a non-combat mission aimed to advance the national Afghan security forces training. The participation in this mission is the additional opportunity for Ukraine to achieve a high level of interoperability with the armed forces of the Alliance, as well as implementation of NATO standards," the diplomat said.

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He said that the Ukrainian party will provide the mission with military trainers and advisers within the parameters defined by the decree of the president of Ukraine regarding participation in the previous mission of the Alliance in Afghanistan - the International Security Assistance Force.

NATO headquarters in Kabul reported that the International Security Assistance Force concluded operations in an event today transitioning to the new, NATO-led Resolute Support mission. "Today marks an end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Resolute Support will serve as the bedrock of our enduring partnership with Afghanistan," Resolute Support Commander, U.S. Army General John F. Campbell said.

"Our new mission, "Resolute Support," will bring together around 12,000 men and women from many parts of the world. The 28 NATO Allies will contribute in different ways, joined by 14 partner nations," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. "We have made Afghanistan stronger, by building up from scratch 350,000 strong security forces," he added.

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