"I have been hugely impressed with the enthusiasm and
commitment of the UAF officer cadets who displayed a genuine hunger for many
subjects, and are clearly well informed," said Major General Pedersen from the
Norwegian Army. "My team and I have had the pleasure of meeting many of
the students personally and were able to listen to cadets who have been engaged
in defending Ukrainian Sovereign territory in the Donbass region. The
cadets' passion, focus and willingness to
serve their country was very evident and the exchange of views were both frank
and fruitful," he added.
NATO Days in Ukraine is a key component of Ukraine's
willingness to reform and throughout the visits and briefings the Ukrainian
chain of command amplified how relevant and essential such visits were to both
the authorities and students. Following the Warsaw Summit, the value of such
partnerships was not only reinforced, but
enhanced by the North Atlantic Council, with Ukraine's contribution to both
NATO operations and exercise opportunities equally appreciated.
"My team and I have taken away some very valuable
discussion points for further consideration, but I am in no doubt that NATO's
support to Ukraine, in supporting democracy and Ukraine's right to decide its
own future are vital," concluded Major General Pedersen.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office