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The LITPOLUKRBRIG is made up of an international staff, three battalions and special-purpose units. Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine each assigns an infantry battalion, and personnel for special-purpose units and the LITPOLUKRBRIG staff. LITPOLUKRBRIG maneuver battalions are the Lithuanian Army Land Forces Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion (Lithuania), 5 Podhale Rifleman battalion (Poland), 1 Airmobile Battalion of the 80 Airborne Brigade (Ukraine). Also, there is a number of battle support and logistic units in the Brigade structure. The Brigade headquarters and staff are located in Lublin, Poland. The LITPOLUKRBRIG battalions are held on standby in their home countries, and deploy in composition of LITPOLUKRBRIG in case a decision is made to activate the Brigade or any of its elements.

Representatives of Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are assigned to the positions of LITPOLUKRBRIG Commander, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff on a three years rotating basis. The current LITPOLUKRBRIG commander is Brigadier General Zenon Brzuszko (Polish Armed Forces). Second in command is Deputy Commander Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov (Ukrainian Armed Forces). Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Senulis (Lithuanian Armed Forces) has been assigned as the Chief of Staff of the LITPOLUKRBRIG.

The LITPOLUKRBRIG personnel participates in joint training and exercises, the Brigade or its elements might be deployed to international operations mandated by the United Nations Security Council, while decision regarding deployment of the LITPOLUKRBRIG to international operations will be made by general consent of all the establishing countries.

On 11 May 2005 in Kyiv, Defense Ministers Anatoly Hrytsenko of Ukraine and Gediminas Kirkilas of Lithuania signed an agreement on joining with Poland to create the tripartite LitPolUkrbat. Its first mission was planned to begin later in the year in Kosovo, with Poland and Ukraine contributing 200 to 300 troops each, and Lithuania 140 troops, to the NATO-led, UN-mandated Kosovo Force (KFOR). Outside NATO's framework, it should be wholly realistic for LitPolUkrbat to consider participating in peacekeeping missions in Moldova and Georgia at these countries' request.

The joint military unit of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland LITPOLUKRBRIG was formed in 2014. Lithuanian–Polish–Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG is a multinational unit consisting of subunits from the Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Agreement on its creation was signed on the 19th of September 2014 in Warsaw. The Brigade was finally formed in the fall of 2015. In February 2015, the Verkhovna Rada ratified this agreement.

Establishing of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade is a part of continuous process of consistent and long-term military cooperation between Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania. This model of cooperation has been previously carried out in the frame of Polish-Ukrainian Battalion (POLUKRBAT) and Lithuanian-Polish Battalion (LITPOLBAT). These military units existed respectively in the years 1998-2010 and 1997-2008. From 2000 to 2010 subunits of POLUKRBAT (enforced by Lithuanian platoon) took part in KFOR operation in Kosovo. As for LITPOLBAT, in 2000 it was accounted to EU Quick Response Forces.

On the 14 June 2007 during an EU Defence Ministers' meeting, Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian ministers agreed to create a multinational unit Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian peacekeeping battalion LITPOLUKRBAT. In the fall of 2008 the proposed unit type was specified as a brigade. The Ministers of Defence of the establishing countries endorsed the agreement on forming the trilateral Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG in Warsaw on the 19th of September 2014. The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and the Government of the Republic of Poland, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on creation of a joint military brigade was issued.

On the 25th of January 2016 Antoni Macierewicz, the Minister of National Defence of Republic of Poland, Juozas Olekas, the Minister of National Defence of Republic of Lithuania and General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine inaugurated the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKBRIG at the official opening ceremony in Lublin. It was held in the headquarters. In one formation, in front of the ministers and the distinguished guests were aligned soldiers from Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

This date is recognized as the day of achieving Initial Operational Capabilities. After almost one year long path of professional development and intensive training, LITPOLUKRBRIG took a Certification Exercise and achieved Full Operational Capabilities. In the period of 8th to 16th of December 2016, the Brigade Command and Headquarters of certain affiliated units participated in the Computer Assisted Command Post Exercise Common Challenge-16.

The common military unit of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland will bear the name of the military and state figure of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania - hetman Konstantin Ostrozky. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law amending the relevant trilateral agreement December 27, 2018. "The document amends the Preamble of the main Agreement, which gives the name of the Great Hetman Konstantin Ostrozhsky a joint military unit," the statement reads.

Konstantin Ostrozky (1460-1530) - a military and statesman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which included the territory of modern Ukraine. Ostrozsky, who had the title of the Great Hetman of Lithuania, was a famous commander and patron, fought against the Crimean Khanate and the Moscow State. In 2008, the UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate canonized Ostrozky. In Lutsk, one of the streets is called the Knyazh Ostrozky Street. In Dnipro, the XXV Party Congress in the street was renamed Prince Konstantin Ostrozky in the street in 2015.



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