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07KYIV2720, UKRAINE: MILITARY HELICOPTERS FOR UNAMID — UPDATE

October 29, 2007

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07KYIV2720 2007-10-29 13:29 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO2101
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #2720 3021329
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 291329Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4203
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 002720 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/26/2017 
TAGS: PREL UNSC KPKO SU UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: MILITARY HELICOPTERS FOR UNAMID -- UPDATE 
 
REF: A. KYIV 2677 
     B. STATE 147667 
     C. KYIV 2515 
     D. STATE 136068 
 
Classified By: DCM James Pettit for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 
 
1. (SBU) As noted ref A, DCM had a follow-up meeting October 
26 with MFA Second Territorial Department Director Ihor 
Hrushko concerning ref B request for Ukraine to consider 
contributing helicopters or other critical force 
multipliers/enablers required for the UN/African Union hybrid 
peacekeeping operation in Darfur, Sudan (UNAMID).  Hrushko 
said he had sat in on a meeting that same morning between UK 
Ambassador Timothy Barrow and MFA Deputy Foreign Minister 
Volodymyr Khandohiy on the same topic.  Hrushko lamented that 
Barrow had no specific details regarding the UN requirements 
and urged us to provide them.  DCM responded that Ukraine 
should engage with the UN Peacekeeping Department on the 
specific requirements as well as to obtain details of the 
security situation in Darfur. 
 
2. (U) Hrushko commented that the information would be 
necessary to support the Ukrainian government's 
decision-making process on the issue, but that any decision 
ultimately to deploy helicopters would require parliamentary 
ratification.  Ukraine was basically supportive of 
peacekeeping operations, but it faced a severe shortage of 
operational helicopters; in addition, there was concern about 
the security situation in Darfur.  Hrushko added that Ukraine 
had two non-operational Mi-26s (note: the most powerful and 
heaviest production helicopters ever) that had the cargo 
capacity of 10 Mi-8s.  If the U.S. or UK wished to provide 
assistance to rebuild the helicopters, Hrushko opined, 
Ukraine might be able to meet the UNAMID requirements with 
them. 
 
3. (C) Comment: We suspect that Hrushko's insistence on 
obtaining precise details of UNAMID's requirements is simply 
a delaying tactic.  At the same time, if we are to have any 
traction with the Ukrainians, the UN will need to engage the 
Ukrainian mission directly to reinforce the urgency and 
criticality of the request.  Even if Ukraine is unable to 
contribute the helicopter lift, the UN might still be able to 
contract with Ukraine's state-owned companies, which have 
proven their mettle in past operations, to obtain the 
necessary air transport services. 
 
4. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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