The Chiefs of Staff of the Italian and Ukrainian Defense in Afghanistan


The reconnaissance of the Afghan operational theater of the Chief of Staff, Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli and his Ukrainian counterpart, Colonel General Volodymir Zamana, ended yesterday. Ukraine participates in the ISAF mission with a contingent operating in the west region in Herat under Italian leadership.

The two delegations left Rome last January 14 at the end of a two-day visit by the Ukrainian delegation to Italy.

Arrived in Herat in Afghanistan, in the Regional Command West (RCW) of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Admiral Binelli and General Zamana were received by the Gen. Commander. B. Michele Pellegrino who provided them with an exhaustive update of the operational situation, which also takes into account the substantial evolution of the structure of the units of the coalition following the sale of numerous operational bases to the units of the Afghan Security Forces.

Subsequently, the two chiefs of staff participated in an activity of the multinational unit of the Genius, on the basis of 4 ° regio genius guastatori of Palermo, in which also operate two Ukrainian teams specialized in the fight against improvised explosive devices.

The teams of the genius, which guarantee freedom of movement on the main road communication arteries, have made the devices previously recovered shine in the daily reclamation work, showing the high degree of integration and coordination between Italian and Ukrainian spoilers. The Ukrainian chief of staff was able to see for himself the quality of the national vehicles and equipment supplied to the Italian armed forces, with particular reference to the VTLM Lince whose characteristics have saved the lives of many Italian soldiers involved in IED explosions and explosive devices detection systems.

After leaving Herat, the two Chiefs of Staff moved to the Afghan capital Kabul where they met the Afghan Minister of Defense, General Sher Mohammad Karimi and the US ISAF General Commander, Joseph F. Dunford.

The visit ended with a meeting with the Chief of Staff of ISAF, General of the Army Corps of the Italian Army, Giorgio Battisti, who will finish his term in a few days. During the talks, an in-depth analysis of the current situation in Afghanistan was carried out, addressing the important issues related to the transition of the responsibility of security to the Afghan security forces and the possible joint initiatives that could be undertaken to guarantee security, training and support for the Afghan armed forces after the 2014.

Source: SMD