Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko stated that the Anti-terrorist operation in the East of Ukraine is to be renamed in Joint Forces Operation since April 30, 2018. He said it in the interview for Ukrainian TV channels on Friday, broadcasted by Pryamiy TV channel.
When Poroshenko was asked when exactly this would be implemented he said:
“I think, not within a month, but it should be changed, I will break a secret, on April 30,” the President said.
“I think, this changes the control operation over the military structure completely. The Anti-terrorist operation is under Ukraine’s Security Service control,” the Head of the State added.
The format change of the Anti-terrorist operation to the Joint Forces Operation is provided by the law on Donbas reintegration. According to the law, the Joint Operation Headquarters is the main HQ in the Donbas conflict zone. It will be responsible for forces and means of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military formations, Internal Ministry, the National Police, which are involved in the “deterrence and rebuff of Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions”. The law enforcers, military servicemen and everyone involved in the counterwork against the aggressor, report to the Head of the Joint Operation Headquarters.
The Joint Force Commander participated in the deployment of the forces and the development of the action plans in cases of unexpected circumstances to use the Armed Forces and Security Forces. The Commander has a right to report to the President about the readiness and the progress the Joint Forces tasks. The President is to approve the idea to implement the Joint Forces Operation.
As it was reported earlier, Poroshenko appointed Serhiy Nayev the Joint Force Commander.