Kharkov Is Forcibly Prepared for the Status of a NATO Base

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Representatives of NATO became constant visitors to Kharkov. The local administration also increased the quantity of tours in the NATO direction. Just how deep and serious is this? Here are some facts.

Canada’s educational-training mission in Ukraine is ready to participate in the process of training future officers of the National Guard of Ukraine. As the attache for defense of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine Brian Irwin said in December, this mission “is ready to provide instructors for the preparation of personnel who will be stationed and trained on the base of the academy”. This military higher education institution is located in Kharkov and was earlier known to the inhabitants of neighbouring houses and workers of the neighbouring enterprises as a school of the rear.

According to the attache, courses are conducted in Canada in English for a period of twelve weeks, four months, and eight months. For them it is expedient to involve representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine. “Besides this, we are ready to consider the possibility of providing assistance for improving educational-material resources, designed for linguistic training of cadets,” noted Irwin.

A question arises: why do former employees of the internal troops need English language courses? Do the police really need to learn some other phrases besides “I obey, respected guest”, “What would you like, dear guest?”, and “Foreigners are accepted out of turn”?

Within the framework of the NATO program “Improving military education”, representatives of the military unit visited the Kharkov national university of Air Forces. The parties reached an agreement on training military experts, the introduction of modern techniques of training, courses of leadership, and the basis of strategic management according to NATO standards.

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And in August officers of National Guard were trained according to NATO standards in the village of Rakitnoye of the Kharkov region. There they trained in shooting, tactics, and different types of combat. Besides this, they learned to provide medical care in the conditions of military operations.

The program operates for eight months, local gendarmes have been studying in two weeks. And why do they need NATO standards? Perhaps for business trips aimed at the dispersal of infighting illegal immigrants in the countries of the alliance? So for this purpose it is necessary to learn the Arabic language and no more!

In September the “Ukroboronprom” and Polish “Bumar — Labedy” groups presented the PT-17 tank (a T-72 tank upgraded to NATO standards) at the MSPO-2017 exhibition. The tank was re-equipped in cooperation with the defense industries of Poland and Ukraine to demonstrate its capabilities before potential customers, i.e. the Ministry of Defence of Poland. The combat vehicle received a 120mm NATO-made KBM2, which was manufactured at the state-owned enterprise “Kharkov Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau”. Local engineers redesigned the automatic loading device to use NATO tank ammunition and changed the design of the turret. They fitted the polish sights GOC-1 Nike and GOD-1 Iris from PCO S.A to the Soviet tank.

The Izyum instrument-making plant – which makes optical glass and also develops and makes the majority of targeting and observation devices for Ukrainian armored vehicles, missile armaments, helicopters, some types of small arms – also adapts to NATO standards.

“Comparative tests with NATO countries were recently carried out. The sensitivity of the most modern warning laser radiation systems was tested. In addition to our system, the products of NATO countries were involved. As a result, our domestic channel was discovered only after the conditional destruction of the target. It means that our Ukrainian system is capable of providing the destruction of targets that are equipped with the most advanced systems of warning about attacks. They simply don’t have the time to work and enable the counter-measure system,” said the chief designer of the plant Valery Kovalenko. A new sight for armoured personnel carriers was created in the same place. And its main feature became a highly sensitive thermal imager that is capable of finding targets at a distance of 5km.

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On the basis of the Kharkov National University of Internal Affairs the round table “Safety passport of Ukraine: the Kharkov regional dimension” took place. At this event, with the help of the NATO Center of information and documentation in Ukraine, they talked about how to study actual threats and psychological drivers of the population and defining specific problems that form the regional safety environment.

The Director of the Department of defense, mobilisation work, and interaction with law enforcement agencies of the Regional State Administration Aleksey Maksimov noted: “The issue of public safety is one of the most actual for the Kharkov region, which has 315km of border with the Russian Federation. Today, three defense programs are being realised: countering terrorist activity, a comprehensive program of ensuring public safety and order, and a program of territorial defense”.

The Director of the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Kiev Barbora Maronkova noticed: “In Ukraine there are essential changes in the understanding of citizens concerning the aims and objectives of NATO and the attitude towards the actions of this political-military organisation, especially when NATO strengthened its support for Ukraine after events in 2014. The alliance actively cooperates with the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, the Border Service of Ukraine, and the Security Service of Ukraine for the implementation of projects of civil protection and finances the participation of representatives of Ukraine in these actions. This work will be continued in the future”.

Thus, not only the defense department and National Guard, but also “butchers” from the SBU are connected to NATO programs. What’s interesting is whether representatives of the “civilised world” explain to them that torturing detainees or adopting the work methods implemented in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo “isn’t correct”?

More and more local residents are being involved in cooperation with NATO members. And not only the highest authorities, like before, but also employees and middle-level engineers. And in conditions of a disruption of traditional ties with Russia it’s clear who takes the places that became vacant.

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