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Departure of the first rotation of Ukrainian peace-makers to Congo took place in Odesa yesterday
Feb 29 2012, 10:31

ODESA, FEBRUARY 29th, 2012, CONTEXT-PRICHERNOMORIE — Departure of the first rotation of Ukrainian peace-makers to Congo took place in Odesa yesterday, Context-Prichernomorie correspondent reports.

Odesa Regional Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

According to the media centre, yesterday, 28 February, celebrations dedicated to the departure of the personnel of the 18th separate helicopter detachment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo was held in Odesa.

The event was attended by Commander of Land Forces, Colonel-General Gennadii Vorobyov, a team of the Southern Operational Command and the 8th army corps, and representatives of Regional State Administration and the clergy.

Saying congratulations to Ukrainian peacekeepers on this important event in their lives, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of Ukraine, Mr Vorobiov expressed confidence that being in the honourable overseas trip, the personnel of the newly formed helicopter detachment will fulfil their duty with honour and by their persistent service confirm the reputation of their country as a reliable international partner.

“For nearly 20 years of peacekeeping operations in various hot spots around the world, Ukrainian peacemakers always carried out their difficult but honourable duties with due diligence thus gaining respect of foreign peacekeepers and the coordinator of the UN Mission”, said Commander of the Army.

INFORMATION: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, commonly referred to as Congo-Kinshasa, DR Congo or DRC, is a country located in Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world. With a population of over 71 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world, the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.

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