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March 23, 2006

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06KIEV1127 2006-03-23 15:38 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 001127 


E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/23/2016 

Classified By: DCM, reason 1.4 (b,d) 

1. (U) This is an action request.  Please see para 4. 

2. (SBU) During a March 13 meeting between EUR DAS Kramer and 
Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko, and in a follow-up 
discussion between DATT and Deputy Defense Minister Leonid 
Polyakov March 17, the MoD officials requested U.S. 
assistance in connection with Ukraine's peacekeeping 
contingent currently operating in a UN Peacekeeping operation 
(PKO) in Liberia.  The unit involved is the 56th Separate 
Helicopter Detachment.  According to Hrytsenko and Polyakov, 
UN DPKO requested that the Government of Ukraine (GOU) expand 
the contingent's mission to include cross-border helicopter 
support missions in neighboring Sierra Leone.  The MoD 
officials said they expected to receive an official request 
to also include missions in Cote d'Ivoire. 

3. (SBU) Hrytsenko and Polyakov stated that MoD and the MFA 
both supported this UN DPKO request, but the GOU had to take 
certain administrative measures before Ukraine would be able 
to fulfill the mission.  The current legislation authorizing 
the deployment only allowed the Liberia contingent to conduct 
operations within Liberia.  Therefore, the relevant 
Presidential Deployment Decree had to be amended, and 
amendments had be approved by the Rada (parliament).  Taking 
into account the time required to develop the necessary 
amendment and the need, after March 26 Rada elections, to 
wait until a parliamentary majority and government are 
formed, the officials estimated that the GOU would not be 
able to provide a positive response to UN DPKO until at least 
the end of May. 

4. (SBU) Action request:  Post requests that Deparment 
instruct USUN to convey to UN DPKO U.S. support for Ukraine's 
fulfilling the UN DPKO request for a mission change, but on a 
timeline that, if possible, takes into account the 
above-described timelines made necessary by Ukrainian legal 
and political circumstances. 

5. (C) Comment:  Hrytsenko and the GOU are sensitive about UN 
PKO missions in the wake of UN DPKO's decision to terminate a 
Ukrainian mission to Lebanon and withdraw acceptance of a 
Ukrainian contribution to the Golan Heights PKO after a UN 
audit uncovered corruption by the former commanders of the 
Ukrainian contingent in Lebanon.  Hrytsenko had previously 
appealed for our assistance in the case of the Golan mission. 
 The GOU very much wishes to be seen as a contributor to 
global security through PKOs and does not want to lose 
another opportunity.  Deputy DefMin Polyakov told us late 
March 17 that the GOU is concerned that a delayed response to 
this latest request may reinforce UN DPKO perceptions that 
Ukraine is an unreliable force provider.  The GOU wants to 
fill the mission, but its ability to move quickly through the 
bureaucratic procedures necessary to obtain legal authority 
is hampered by politicking surrounding the upcoming elections. 

6. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website at: 





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