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Ukraine joins the European Union. ласкаво просимо

(credit: Ukrainian Navy)
(credit: Ukrainian Navy)

(BRUSSELS2) The news may seem surprising. Certainly the Ukrainian government has not signed the EU association agreement. But in a few days a Ukrainian frigate will join the European Union's anti-piracy operation, EUNavfor Atalanta, off the coast of Somalia. The Ukrainian frigate hetman Sahaydachnyi, who spent two and a half months in NATO's “sister” operation, Ocean Shield, will then be placed under French command (read: The former Pasha of Joan of Arc at the head of EUNavfor).

A real challenge

As explained to B2 by Vice-Admiral Christian Canova, deputy head of Marcom at NATO and Ocean Shield, « the effort is important for the Ukrainian Navy. It may seem trivial for our countries to deploy a boat in the Indian Ocean. For Ukraine no…” This is the first time that a Ukrainian ship has operated so far from its base. The last time... it was before independence, under the USSR. “ It's both a logistical challenge, you have to integrate different rules of engagement, communication systems. And they switch from one command to another. » ласкаво просимо


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “Ukraine joins the European Union. ласкаво просимо"

  • The title is catchy, but the European Union is not even an army. Ukraine plays on the EU-Russia duality as it has always tried to do. But she clearly chose this weekend. Nevertheless, it is clear that she fears an aggressive policy from Russia and as such the umbrella of NATO…, is very useful. Which saddens me.

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