On August 7, 2004 the transfer of authority in the Ukrainian
contingent of the Poilish-Ukrainian battalion took place
in Camp BREZA in MNB East. The fifth troop rotation of
the Ukrainian contingent in Kosovo was completed the 9
The representative of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Lieutenant
General Kostin, the deputy commander of a multinational
brigade "East" Colonel Stephen Sanders, the
commander of the Polish-Ukrainian battalion Lieutenant
Colonel Pyotr Sadovski, representatives of Kosovo local
authorities and many others.
All of them gathered at Camp BREZA to welcome the new
commander of the Ukrainian contingent, Lieutenant Colonel
Serhy Karnaushenko, and to thank the former battalion
commander, Lieutenant Colonel Valery Suprigan, for the
work he had accomplished during his mission.
Each of them thanked the soldiers, that stood on a parade-ground,
for their daily efforts supporting a quiet and peaceful
environment no matter what the conditions have been.
The Ukrainian contingent of the Polish-Ukrainian battalion
executed many difficult tasks during last year.
Ukranian soldiers completed nearly 6,900 patrols and
20,000 hours of patrolling in the last year. More than
4,000 vehicle checkpoints were set up and about 25,000
vehicles were searched. During their rotation they witnessed
the worst violonce in Kosovo since NATO-led forces arrived
in 1999. Strpce, however, remained relatively calm compared
to other parts of Kosovo. Ukrainian and Polish soldiers
did their best to keep the situation in the municipality
Strpce quiet and safe.
Following the ceremony, a traditional Ukranian lunch
of vareniki, borsch, kholodets and others dishes were
offered to all in attendance.