Brunssum, The Netherlands – This week, Commander of the Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (JFC AFU), Lieutenant General Serhii Naiev, visited the Headquarters of NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS). At the same time, a group of Ukrainian cadets from various National Universities, Military Academies and Institutes was hosted to JFCBS, as the part of the NATO Familiarisation Programme.
Unity will remain the beating heart of our coalition. Russia never predicted our strength and our unity of purpose
For JFCBS it was a unique opportunity to listen about Ukraine’s experience on relevant security matters, in particular during planning and executing operations from Lieutenant General Naiev.
General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta, Commander of the JFCBS, welcomed Lieutenant General Naiev underlining the significance of the visit, stating:
"A lot has happened in NATO over the last few years and we plan to use the opportunity of your visit to update you on JFC Brunssum’s Command mission. More importantly, it is a chance for us to hear from you, from those fighting directly in the field, and understand your experiences and the lessons learned in modern warfare.”
Lieutenant General Naiev highlighted that JFC AFU, which was established as a result of the transformation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in accordance with NATO rules, principles, and standards, has gained operational capabilities, actively learning and implementing NATO processes and procedures into its operational adjustment.
“This transformation process helped the command and control of the Defence Forces of Ukraine at the beginning of the Russian full scale invasion against Ukraine and subsequently in various operational directions in Ukraine.” – said Lieutenant General Naiev.
During the round table sessions, he received briefings covering a wide range of topics, including operational procedures and the JFCBS’ capability to act as a deployed Headquarters.
Lieutenant General Naiev thanked JFCBS’ Commander and his staff highlighting:
“Ukraine aims to become a full-fledged member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This visit became another step towards the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s interaction with the corresponding Joint NATO Commands and NATO member countries. I sincerely thank General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta for the opportunity to hear and see what will soon be implemented
in the Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."
The visit also sought to achieve deeper mutual understanding and to enhance interoperability between NATO and Ukraine, a key NATO Partner Nation.
“Unity will remain the beating heart of our coalition. Russia never predicted our strength and our unity of purpose. Ukraine's brave soldiers continue to make history, supported by our unity to defend the freedom, and we will stand with you for as long as it takes.” - stated General Miglietta.