This was announced by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov today after maneuvers of a National Guard special forces unit on the training ground in Novi Petrivtsi, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press service.
"Russia is waging a brutal hybrid war against us and not only on the battlefield. Unable to break through our defense at the front, they send terrorist and sabotage and reconnaissance groups to our territory, support and encourage criminal and separatist groups to destabilize the situation in the country, spread havoc and chaos," the secretary stressed. Oleksandr Turchynov said the council had set forth a task to create and reinforce the National Guard numerous special forces "of quick and proper response to any internal and external threats."
"These units are intended to neutralize and, if necessary, destroy terrorists, sabotage and reconnaissance groups or armed gangs," Turchynov said. He added that both professional training of special forces and their provision with modern weapons, equipment, communications, reconnaissance and surveillance means were extremely important. "All the Internal Ministry training grounds and centers have launched selection, preparation and training of specialists involving foreign instructors," Turchynov said adding that most of the officers and soldiers of these units had got combat experience and military awards.
"And what is more important, today, during the maneuvers, we got enough evidence of our soldiers being ready to professionally perform their tasks," Oleksandr Turchynov said. He stressed the special forces were aimed at taking quick control of any threat anywhere in the country with appropriate logistics and technical base being prepared for these purposes. Moreover, he said that in the process of the Internal Ministry reform the National Police would see a 6000-personnel operative and urgent action corps - KORD. This special unit is to take over functions previously performed by such special police units as Berkut, Sokil, Gryfon and others.
"The KORD's main objective is to ensure effective counteraction with armed gangs and criminal groups, as well as to protect our citizens no matter what part of Ukraine, city, town or village they come from," the secretary said. According to him, in the near future the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine launches a competition to enroll personnel, which is to become the face and a powerful force of new police. Preference will be given to physically prepared, mentally stable patriots, especially those who received combat experience defending the territorial integrity of our country.