Regular rotation of Ukrainian peacemakers in Kosovo kicked off on Wednesday

11:10, 02 April 2008
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181 Ukrainian peacemakers will arrive to Kosovo

The tenth regular rotation of the Ukrainian contingent of UkrPolBat Ukrainian-Polish peacemaking battalion of KFOR forces in Kosovo kicked off on April 2.

According to the information of the Defense Ministry’s press-service, in the morning of April 2, a Boeing-737 with 98 peacemakers onboard left from Boryspil airport (Kyiv) for Kosovo.

On the same day, 80 Ukrainian peacemakers are due to return in Ukraine.

During the second stage of the rotation, which is scheduled for April 14, another 80 military men of UkrPolBat will be conveyed to Kosovo, and 97 peacemakers will return in Ukraine.

On the whole, within the frames of the regular rotation, 181 Ukrainian peacemakers will be conveyed to Kosovo, and 180 peacemakers will return home.

Besides, another 3 Ukrainian peacemakers will arrive in Kosovo on April 4. They will fly by a cargo plane, which will also bring the necessary materiel, equipment, spare parts for cars, for the Ukrainian peacemaking contingent.

The national contingent in Kosovo of the new rotation is formed of the 1st mechanized brigade of the 8th army corps, which is dislocated in the Kyiv Oblast.

With the order of the Ukrainian Defense Minister, lieutenant colonel Oleksander Zahorodniy, deputy commander of the 72nd detached mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Land Force 8th army corps, was appointed as the commander of the Ukrainian contingent in Kosovo.

Ukraine has been fulfilling peacemaking tasks in Kosovo since September 1, 1999.

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