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Ukraine Adopts NATO Military Ranks Standard, As U.S. Approves Patrol Boat Delivery To Kiev










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Ukraine Adopts NATO Military Ranks Standard, As U.S. Approves Patrol Boat Delivery To Kiev

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Turning a new page with the turning of the New Year, Ukraine decided to transfer its military rank structure to that of NATO.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran signed an order according to which a list of military rank codes based on the standards of NATO countries is being introduced in the country’s Armed Forces.

This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

“These decisions are designed to change the Soviet-style career management system to the modern one adopted in the armies of the leading states. In fact, this is a guide to the actions of cadre agencies to switch to a new philosophy of work, which provides for the creation of a career map for each soldier, sergeant, officer for his training, growth and support,” Andriy Taran said.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are changing the system of codes and military ranks, in accordance with NATO standards, under a law passed by the Ukrainian Parliament in June 2020.

The impetus of the Ukrainian authorities towards an alliance with NATO manifested itself back in December 2014, when the Ukrainian Parliament amended two laws, abandoning its non-aligned status.

Subsequently, in June 2016, additional changes were adopted, which determine the entry into NATO as the goal of the country’s foreign policy.

Ukraine should also ensure full compatibility of its army with the armed forces of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance by the end of 2021.

Ukraine Adopts NATO Military Ranks Standard, As U.S. Approves Patrol Boat Delivery To Kiev

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Meanwhile, US support keeps coming for Ukraine.

On January 5th, the US Department of Defense released its signed contracts for the day.

One of them is with SAFE Boats International LLC, Bremerton, Washington in the amount of nearly $20 million for the long lead time material and associated pre-production and planning support for two MK VI patrol boats to be delivered to the government of Ukraine.

This comes in addition to Fiscal 2020 Title 10 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding in the amount of $5,463,500 was obligated at award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

According to the report, the boats will be transferred to Ukraine under the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program, which involves the production of 16 Mark VI patrol boats. Some of them will be handed over to Ukraine as part of assistance from the United States.

Furthermore, as a true friend, the US Embassy congratulated Ukraine on the anniversary of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s second anniversary of receiving its Tomos of Autocephaly.

“We support Ukrainians’ ability to worship as they choose, without external influence,” reads the report.

On January 6, 2019, Ukraine received the Tomos of Autocephaly that officially confirms the canonical autocephalous status of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

So far, the autocephaly project has generally failed and has met opposition, and has had to establish its authority through repression and defacing churches of the “wrong faith.”

Meanwhile, in further distancing itself from the CIS, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft law on Ukraine’s withdrawal from the agreement on cooperation in the field of legal protection of intellectual property and the creation of an Interstate Council for the Legal Protection of Intellectual Property.

The government’s representative in the Ukrainian Parliament, Vasyl Mokan, wrote about this on his Telegram channel following a government meeting on January 5th.

“The bill proposes to withdraw from the agreement concluded on November 19, 2010 in the city of Saint Petersburg and ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on December 21, 2011,” Mokan wrote.

He noted that Ukraine has not participated in the development of draft international treaties within the framework of the CIS; has not exchanged patent, regulatory and methodological documentation in the field of intellectual property protection within the framework of the agreement; and Ukrainian representatives have not participated in meetings of the Interstate Council for a long time.

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