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NATO launches trust funds to help Ukraine in defense reform

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NATO launches trust funds to help Ukraine in defense reform
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NATO trust funds that have been set up to help Ukraine conduct defense reform began to work on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.

«Today, these four trust funds are up and running,» he said at a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday.

According to Ukraine’s Mission to NATO, the first fund was created to modernize communications and automation systems and foresees the modernization of the capabilities of communications and automation systems in managing the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in accordance with modern standards. Contributors to this fund are Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, and NATO’s Civil Budget.

The second fund was set up for the retraining and social adaptation of servicemen and is aimed at meeting the needs of the psychological and social adaptation of military personnel in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine. Contributors to the fund are Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and Turkey.

The third fund concerns the program for the physical rehabilitation (prosthetics) of wounded soldiers and is aimed at providing assistance in the rehabilitation of individual servicemen and creating a system of rehabilitation for wounded servicemen in Ukraine. Contributors to this trust fund are Bulgaria, Slovakia, and NATO’s Civil Budget.

Ukraine and NATO also announced the creation of the fund to reform the system of logistics and standardization of the Ukrainian Armed Forces aimed at supporting the logistics system and introducing NATO standards in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Contributors to the fund are Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, the Czech Republic and NATO’s Civil Budget.

The fifth fund was formed to combat cybercrime and aims to develop cyber defense systems in accordance with the most advanced standards of NATO member countries. Contributors to this fund are Estonia, Romania, Turkey, and Hungary.

In general, 26 NATO member countries expressed their intention to contribute to the trust funds for Ukraine.

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