Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine - we act as one
- Together with Lithuania, we are very active in the North Atlantic Alliance, and in Lublin we cooperate with our Ukrainian partner. I am happy with Ukraine's declarations on the pro-atlantic trend, because our future is cooperation that gives everyone security - said Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of National Defense during a visit to the Multinational Brigade in Lublin.
On Friday, February 22nd defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak met with Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian soldiers serving together in the LITPOLUKRBRIG. The head of the Defence Ministry and the defense ministers of Lithuania and Ukraine took part in the visit of the presidents of the three framework countries to the command of the formation.
The presidents of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine Andrzej Duda, Dalia Grybauskaite and Petro Poroshenko talked to the soldiers of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Multinational Brigade named after the great Hetman Konstanty Ostrogski in Lublin. The commander of the brigade, the Ukrainian Colonel Dmytro Bratishko reported on tasks and training activities in the unit. The Colonel emphasized that the soldiers serving in the brigade acted as "one", emphasizing the common goals set by superiors and the cooperation of the subunits of the armed forces of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine within the unit.
During the visit of the three presidents in the Brigade headquarters, trilogues were held with the participation of the heads of the defence ministries of the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine.
The Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Multinational Brigade, LITPOLUKRBRIG, achieved combat readiness in December 2016. In October last year the brigade received the banner and the name of Hetman Konstanty Ostrogski. The defence ministers of the three countries signed an agreement that would expand the brigade's possibilities to participate in international operations with the unanimous consent of the parties.
During the visit to Lublin, Minister Mariusz Błaszczak participated in the ceremony of laying the wreath by President Andrzej Duda and the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė at the Monument of the Union of Lublin. In 2019, the 450th anniversary of the real union of Poland and Lithuania from 1569 will be celebrated.
The command of the Multinational Brigade and the Polish part of the subordinate command battalion are stationed in Lublin, and the remaining brigade subunits remain in their places of permanent dislocation in the territories of their countries. They can be subordinated to the brigade commander for the duration of the exercises and operations.