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 National Guard special operations brigade of new model is combat-ready, - Turchynov. PHOTOS+VIDEO

The main objective of the special operations brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine is to eliminate combat reconnaissance and terrorist groups as well as hostile armed units both in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area and all over the country.

"For this purpose they are equipped not only with advanced weapons, but also with new transport, including military transport planes, helicopters and armored vehicles," NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said while attending training of the special operations forces' detachment of the National Guard, which was the first one that started its activity in accordance with the NATO standards. The exercise was also attended by military attaches and representatives of the embassies of the NATO member states, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the National Security and Defense Council.



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According to Oleksandr Turchynov, a great number of tasks are now assigned to detachments of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Special Operations Forces of the National Guard of Ukraine taking in consideration the threats Ukraine is facing.

"In this context, much attention is paid to staffing of these detachments and their further combat and physical training," he said adding that the soldiers are drilled exceptionally according to the NATO standards and with the participation of instructors from Ukraine's partner states, "and the team we observed today was trained by the Israeli experts".

The NSDC secretary also praised the quality of training of the SOF detachments that were as well improving the knowledge of a foreign language besides usual physical training in the course of the drills, "which is critical to coordinate their actions with the relevant detachments of NATO member states in case of joint operations."

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In addition, Oleksandr Turchynov commended skilful work of the operational headquarters during the exercise: "The operational headquarters are deployed within an hour. At the same time, the unmanned aerial vehicles and other technical means gathering information are launched. They are capable to rapidly intercept and analyze the information necessary to accomplish combat missions proficiently. Moreover, the command personnel and soldiers are trained under the program that allows to make independent decisions in extreme conditions and act in accordance with the situation rather than agree the actions with a long chain of commanders, which is critical to achieve results in combat operations," the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council summed up.
 
 
 
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