Updated: 21-Sep-2006 Issues

Ukrainian proposed Individual Partnership Program


PfP Designated Units

NATO Defence Attaché in Kyiv

NATO Military Liaison Officer in Kyiv

Building NLO Kyiv

 International Military Staff
Capt. Oleg Marinič, NMLO
LTC Kr. Cyganczuk, A/NMLO
Warrant Officer G. Mutz, Admin

NATO has a military officer in Kyiv as part of the NATO Liaison Office (NLO).  This officer and his staff focus at the military aspects of the NLO's mission in Ukraine. This webpage gives further information on these military aspects.

The NATO Liaison Office (NLO) was established in Kyiv in April 1999 to facilitate Ukraine's participation in the Partnership for Peace and to support Ukrainian efforts in the area of defence reform.

NATO and Ukraine are working to deepen and expand their partnership and create a strong framework for cooperation.  This will include intensified consultations and cooperation on political, economic and defence issues, with a view to raising the relationship to a qualitatively new level.

Key Dates

8 February 1994 - Beginning of Ukrainian participation in the Partnership for Peace.  

7 May 1997 - NATO Information and Documentation Centre opens in Kyiv.

9 July 1997
- NATO and Ukraine sign the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership.

16 December 1997
- NATO and Ukraine sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Civil Emergency Planning and Disaster Preparedness.

23 April 1999 - NATO Liaison Office opens in Kyiv.

11 October 1999 - NATO and Ukraine sign an agreement to provide civilian training for retired Ukrainian army officers.

19 May 2000 - NATO/PfP SOFA - Ratified

14 September 2001 - The NATO-Ukraine Commission condemns the acts of terrorism committed against the United States.

15 May 2002 - The NATO-Ukraine Commission, meeting at the level of foreign ministers, agrees to take the Distinctive Partnership to a qualitatively new level, including intensified consultations and cooperation on political, economic and defence issues.

23 May 2002 - Mr.Marchuck, Chairman of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine made a public announcement to move for membership in NATO. 

7 June 2002 - NATO and Ukraine defence ministers pay tribute to the strategic importance of the Distinctive Partnership between NATO and Ukraine and underline their common desire to develop their relationship to a qualitatively new level.

9 July 2002 - NATO and Ukraine sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Host Nation Support regarding the use of Ukrainian military assets and capabilities for NATO exercises and operations.

22 November 2002 - NATO-Ukraine Action Plan 2003

24 March 2003 - NATO-Ukraine 2003 Target Plan in the Framework of the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan

12 November 2003 - The Ukraine Work Plan for 2004 was approved by the Military Committee (MC), Ukraine and with the Seven Invited Countries.  The MC with Ukraine Work Plan is the tool in which all the military activities that should take place either at Ukraine National level or between NATO and Ukraine are assembled.

12-13 May 2004 – SECEUR visit in Kyiv.

07 June 2004 – Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT) and NATO Supreme Allied Command Europe (SACEUR) sign Memorandum of understanding regarding use of strategic transport aviation of Ukraine in NATO operations and exercises.

03 August 2004Director of Partnership Coordination Cell (PCC) opens in Kyiv NATO-Ukraine Defense Documentation Office (NUDDO).

20-21 September 2004 – NATO Military Committee visit in Kyiv.

08 October 2004 – Sponsorship Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the Group of National Directors on Codification (AC/135) regarding joining NATO codification system comes in force.

21 April 2005 – During informal Ukraine-NATO meeting at the Foreign Ministers level in Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania, Ukraine –NATO target plan for 2005 gets approval. Also, intensified dialog regarding Ukraine’s aspiration to join NATO and conducting relevant reforms starts.

21-22 April 2005 – Self-assessment process in PfP unit (95 airborne brigade).

18-20 October 2005 – Secretary General NATO and NATO Ambassadors Committee visits in Ukraine (Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Odessa).

23 November 2005 – Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and NATO Maintenance and Supply Organization (NAMSO) sign the Implementation Agreement on destruction of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, Small Arms and Light Weapons, and Conventional Ammunition.

06-10 February 2006 – The fifth “International Week”, sponsored by the NATO Defense College (NDC) Rome in support of the Ukrainian National Academy (UNDA) and NATO Liaison Office in Kiev.

15 February 2006Ceremony at NATO supported Resettlement and Retraining Centre was inaugurated in Khmelnytsky, to help Ukraine deal with the consequences of defense reform.

10-12 May 2006 – Plenary session of NATO Air Traffic Management Committee (NATMC) in Kyiv. Issued discussed: improving air space structure, harmonization of systems and controlling procedures, joint use of communication frequencies, exchange of air navigation systems between the countries.

15-16 May 2006 - Meeting in Kyiv of the Ukraine-NATO Joint Working Group concerning step-by-step implementation of the Program of NATO documentation on safety of ammunition and SALW storage.

18 May 2006 - The fifth meeting in Kyiv of the Ukraine-NATO Joint Working Group concerning Defense Sector Reform.

19 June 2006Opening ceremony of the NATO PfP Trust Fund Project in Ukraine – the largest demilitarization project of this kind in the world.

24 October 2006Launching of the JWGDR Program for Professional Development of Civilian Personnel aimed at building Ukraine security sector institutions capacity for democratic management and oversight.


Ukraine has contributed significantly to NATO peacekeeping activities in the Balkans, and in 1996 deployed an infantry battalion of 550 soldiers to work alongside NATO member and partner countries in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the framework of the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR). Ukraine later contributed a mechanised infantry battalion to the Stabilisation Force (SFOR) and made available a helicopter squadron.

Ukraine also made significant contributions to international peacekeeping activities by providing forces for the NATO-led force in Kosovo (KFOR) and by contributing a mechanised company and helicopter squadron.  In July 2000, the newly-created Polish-Ukrainian battalion was deployed to the region and continues to make a significant contribution to the NATO-led peacekeeping operation in Kosovo.

Yavoriv Partnership for Peace (PfP) Training Center

A PfP Training Centre is a national training facility in an Allied or Partner country, recognised by NATO as such in accordance with the terms of the Concept for PfP Training Centers, which by national decision conducts PfP-related education and training activities that are made available to all Allies and Partners.  PfP Training Centers offer to both military and civilian audiences courses, seminars and workshops of academic/classroom character, providing training and instruction in diverse areas including languages and NATO staff procedures.  PfP Training Center may also provide areas for training of a more operational character, including serving as fields for PfP exercises.

Yavoriv PfP Training Centre (YTC Presentation ) was recognised by NATO as such on April 1999 (2003 Activities Conducted).  During the Session of Political Military Committee in October 2002, Ukrainian Mission to NATO launched a new initiative.  The subject of this initiative is the development of Humanitarian Demining and Transportation Security Courses (2004 Activities Schedule) using the facilities of Yavoriv PfP Training Centre.

The PfP YTC is a unique place for conducting the multinational PfP exercises, as specific activities that reflect the result of nations participation in the PfP Program as well as the ability of forces to conduct joint operations together with NATO units.  The quality of exercises reflects the level of personnel training, i.e. their linguistic skills, NATO terminology and staff procedures awareness, knowledge of peacekeeping operations Concept and its details as well as NATO Doctrine in general.

The YTC has a considerable importance because it satisfies national needs in training Ukrainian Land Forces units assigned for the participation in the third stage of PARP and in joint peacekeeping operations with NATO and Partners units.

How to contact us:

Address: NATO Liaison Office
13Z Kurska
Kyiv 03049

phone number: +380-44-461-9404 / 9405
fax number: +380-44-461-9400