According to the information published by the Polish Ministry of Defence, the Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski, signed the bill on last Saturday. The aim of the document is to regulate the creation of a joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade.
The Brigade would fulfil three main tasks: it would be involved in the peacekeeping operations, would become a central point for the military cooperation in the region, and finally, it would constitute a means of help for the Ukrainians, within the scope of the reform of the armed forces. The elements of the unit would be stationed in their home countries, while the command HQ is going to be located in Lublin, Poland. The Brigade is to be the base element for the prospective European Union Combat Group.
The decision, according to which a joint unit is to be created (initially it was said that it would be a battalion-sized element), was made by the parties back in 2007 in Brussels. A year later it was decided to create a larger unit, while the decisions related to LITPOLUKRBRIG were made in 2009. The Agreement related to the brigade was concluded in September last year, in Warsaw.
Currently, there are ongoing works on technical memorandum between the member states – Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. After that agreement is signed, the Parties will be able to define the structure of the element more accurately.