"Tomorrow, in Petrivtsi [training ground in Novi Petrivtsi village - ed.], there will be the last day of preparations for drills intended for 26 platoon and unit commanders of the 1st Volunteer Light Infantry Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine and prepared in accordance with the U.S. combat regulations. The exercises will be attended by a volunteer, Israel Defense Forces brigadier level officer. The invaluable work is being done by a group of volunteer instructors and excellent Israeli commando Tzvi Arieli. The exercises will also be attended by Georgian officers, who are of a great help to the National Guard, led by former Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Giorgi Kalandadze," he wrote.
"The exercises will be held in Petrivtsi on Dec. 17. The invitation list includes the military attaches of Alliance member states and NATO mission, Ukrainian media and officials, civil and military volunteers. The exercises are intended to demonstrate independence, initiative, operational procedures of small groups of infantry as well as individual actions of unit and platoon commanders under volatile tactical situations, HQ decision-making procedure. Brigade's HQ will be taking decisions in accordance with NATO standard operational procedures," the journalist noted.
"Whatever political storms are raging out there, the issue of the national security requires not political but professional solutions. Ukraine must show that it is able to not just talk about the transition to NATO standards but also build a NATO standard military unit and send it to the front for testing in combat with the enemy in demilitarized zone, where heavy weapons and artillery are prohibited. The key importance is about small groups of infantry that can provide qualitative superiority over the enemy in a given location - fighting with skill and not number," he wrote.
"The project of NATO standard infantry brigade is realized thanks to the personal involvement of Interior Ministry leadership and the National Guard. More than 5,000 people contacted brigade's recruiting center. 1,050 volunteers arrived in Hostomel to take part in exams and tests. Only 150 people were selected - reliable, ATO-seasoned guys, many of them were on Maidan. All they are real proven patriots," Butusov resumed.