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KORD is new Ukrainian SWAT police force trained by US instructors

On October 16 twenty officers of new Ukrainian SWAT unit called KORD graduated from the U.S. Advanced Tactical Train the Trainer program. KORD is going to replace all special forces units that existed in Ukraine before. This project was started several weeks ago as part of strategic agreement with US  State Department, one of the best instructors of US special forces units were invited. This program involves State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Border Patrol. KORD is abbreviation written in Ukrainian as “К.О.Р.Д.” and that means “Corps of Operatively-Rapid Action” (“Корпус Оперативно-Раптової Дії” in Ukrainian).

KORD, new Ukrainian SWAT unit

KORD, new Ukrainian SWAT unit

The Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, Minister Avakov, and NSDC Chairman Turchynov witnessed tactical demonstration scenarios. See the video below.

After Ukrainian officers received their certificates Geoffrey Pyatt addressed with a speech to them, see the transcript and the video below.

Geoffrey Pyatt, the United States Ambassador to Ukraine

Geoffrey Pyatt, the United States Ambassador to Ukraine

First of all I thank you Mr. Minister, Mr. Chairman for inviting us to be with you hear. I also want to say special note of thanks to my colleagues from the US Drug Enforcement Agency and US Border Patrol, Justin is the commander and the rest of the team. Today this event is a capstone of the two week effort which is part of the much larger commitment by the United States Government to partner with Ukraine. We are committed to working with you, working with Minister Avakov and the Interior Ministry to build new institutions which are responsive to the democratic demands of the Ukrainian people. So help construct a new state that does not serve the interests of one family or one individual, but serves the Ukrainian people, reinforces your democracy, upholds the rule of law and keeps your enemies obey. Ukraine confronts today an unprecedented array of challenges. To the East you face a relentless Russian aggressor who is responsible for more than eight thousand Ukrainian deaths with a simple objective of denying of the Ukrainian people their sovereign democratic choice. But equally important is the battle at home, to attack corruption, to put an end to the mafias that so long held Ukraine back from its full potential and to meet the high standards for democratic governments that the Ukrainian people properly present to the Minister and all the other members of this government. It’s for Ukrainian citizens who are your ultimate bosses and it’s their security and law that you are pledged uphold. This is just the first step in the larger process of training vetted Special Weapons and Tactics units that would be a key component of the Interior Ministry… We are proud to be partners in this effort and base on what I’ve seen today I am completely confident that you’ll prevail, so congratulations. Slava Ukraine! (“Glory to Ukraine” in Ukrainian)

– Geoffrey Pyatt

KORD is not going to automatically accept old units, and it’s not going to continue bad traditions of the past. Full reload! KORD is going to be completely new police unit that will take the experience of best Ukrainian and other countries special forces units, it’s going to have most modern tactical and technical equipment.

– Arsen Avakov, the Minister of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Ukrainian instructors were ready after several weeks training and intensive 2 week joint exercises with US specialist, those instructors will take part in a process of selecting and further training of police special forces. On October 27 they will start recruitment.

At the 1st stage among those who will be allowed to apply will be officers of volunteer unites of special forces of the Interior Ministry, officers of special forces units like “Sokol” and “Grifon”, and Patrol policemen.

Certificates received by KORD officers after training with US instructors

Certificates received by KORD officers after training with US instructors

U.S. will continue to provide assistance, advice, training and other support in partnership with MOI to stand-up a western model SWAT for Ukraine. See the statement here http://ukraine.usembassy.gov

Arsen Avakov, Turchynov and Geoffrey Pyatt

Arsen Avakov, Turchynov and Geoffrey Pyatt

For more details, photos and videos on KORD unit see the posts below

Ministry on Internal Affairs of Ukraine 

http://www.mvs.gov.ua/mvs/control/main/uk/publish/article/1670408

The Minister Arsen Avakov 

https://www.facebook.com/arsen.avakov.1/posts/918767858213321

Statement of the Embassy of the United States 

http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/statements/swat-10162015.html

Vehicle with Ukrainian soldiers attacked near contact line in Lugansk Region: 2 KIA and 6 WIA

Today mobile group of soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine was moving on Mitsubishi L200 between Lobacheve and Lopaskyne villages located in Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region. At about 7 am their vehicle was attacked by the enemy. A driver and the passenger got killed. 4 Ukrainian soldier were wounded and taken to the hospital. 2 more soldiers who arrived there for support were wounded. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine at www.mvs.gov.ua

Vehicle after attack

Vehicle after attack

Ukrainian soldiers attacked between Lopaskyne and Lobacheve

Ukrainian soldiers attacked between Lopaskyne and Lobacheve

Rodion Shovkoshytnyi also posted more details about what happened here

We’ve got casualties, the group that works near Shchastya, the one that was under sniper fire few days ago. L200 volunteer’s car. There were no border guards in the group. The enemy was waiting for us about 800 meters from the contact line, probably wanted to capture POW. 1st they threw 2 grenades and after that opened fire from guns. Our guys were defending until support arrived. 1 volunteer and 1 man from tax service got killed, 1 Security Service officer and 3 paratroopers were wounded.

– Rodion Shovkoshytnyi

The group that was attacked was hunting for those who are involved in illegal transportation of goods to the territory which is currently under control of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. Few days ago on August 28 at about 13:00 their vehicle was attacked near Shchastya. The sniper opened fire, bulletproof glass got broken, luckily nobody was inside the car at that moment.

Car attacked by sniper, bulletproof glass got broken

Car attacked by sniper, bulletproof glass got broken

The head of Civil-Military Administration of Lugansk Region George Tuka also commented on the situation. The volunteer who was killed in the morning was his close friend. See Tuka’s post www.facebook.com/george.tuka

Now I am talking not as official. Now I am volunteer! Now I am simple guy. Mobile group was attacked. 2 guys got killed and 4 wounded. One of those who dies is my FRIEND!!! MY PERSONAL FRIEND!!! Very honest guy, patriot and real Hero! Warrior and volunteer. Andrey was asked to switch to go to another sector, I asked him to stay and work more in the area near Shchastya. This conversation was yesterday. And today in the morning Andrey got killed… I guess I know who did that. I know this bastard is reading this and he is watching my activity. From now on you are not just a huckster. You are my personal enemy!

– George Tuka

UPDATE. September 3, 2015. OSCE observers visited the hospital where wounded Ukrainian soldiers were delivered to.

The SMM visited a hospital in Shchastia (20km north of Luhansk) and saw four injured men who, according to a police officer, had been ambushed travelling within two kilometres of the contact line between the government-controlled towns of Lopaskyne and Lobacheve (24km and 18km north-west of Luhansk) early on 2 September. The police officer told the SMM that five civilian volunteers supporting the Anti-Terrorism Operation and one tax inspector were ambushed with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fired by unknown persons. A nearby Ukrainian Armed Forces unit had heard the firing and rushed to the scene, where a fire fight had ensued. According to hospital staff in Shchastia, two individuals had died (the tax inspector and a civilian volunteer) with the remaining four hospitalized with injuries. A doctor at Novoaidar hospital told the SMM that two soldiers – who had rushed to the scene – had been admitted, and are in a critical condition.

– Reported by OSCE at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/179776

 

More photos of the vehicle after attack were posted by https://twitter.com/ukrluhansk

Ukrainian vehicle after attack

Ukrainian vehicle after attack

Ukrainian vehicle after attack

Ukrainian vehicle after attack

Ukrainian vehicle after attack

Ukrainian vehicle after attack