Third Conference of the Intermarium Support Group

Group with the participation of representatives of National Corps took place in Kyiv. The event was attended by delegates from Croatia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and other countries. Real prospects for regional integration were discussed at the state level and at the level of individual projects in the economic, security, cultural and other spheres.

The first speaker of honor as part of the opening Regional Security and Defense section was Bruno Zorica, Brigadier General of the Croatian Armed Forces, the reformer of the Croatian Army and one of the commanders of the Operations Storm and Lightning, who spoke about the state of the Croatian-Ukrainian defense cooperation, shared his experience in improving the state’s defense capability and disclosed the horizons of the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea military capabilities’ integration. Besides, he promised his support in the implementation of the programmatic provision of National Corps: establishment of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion. Also, Bruno Zorica-Zulu brought a certificate of merit granting the Azov regiment the honorable membership in the BOJNA FRANKOPAN veteran association.

The next speaker was the head of the Commanders Military School of Colonel Yevhen Konovalets, Senior Lieutenant, veteran of the Azov regiment Kyrylo Berkal («Kirt»), who persuasively revealed the principles of effective modernization of military education on the example of the Military School under his leadership. Having inherited, in fact, a ruined post-Soviet army, the Azov regiment was the first unit of the Ukrainian military which initiated transition to the NATO military standards, currently, synonymous to the Western, and created the institution to teach them not only future officers of the Azov regiment but also other units of the National Guard of Ukraine and the Armed Forces in general.

Further, Damian Duda, professor at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Vice-President of the Academic Legion Association, paramedical instructor, discussed the methods of the preparation of a military reserve in youth organizations. In fact, he redefined the importance of paramilitary structures within the framework of the defense complex of a modern state. His experience as one of the leading figures behind the Polish Movement for the Territorial Defense caused a hail of questions from curious Ukrainian colleagues.

Then Jerzy Targalski, Doctor of Humanities, advisor to the Polish Defense Minister, professor at the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw, famous Polish historian and publicist, took the floor. He analyzed the development of the regional security system in Eastern Europe and emphasized the exceptional importance of enhancing the defense capabilities of Poland, Romania and Ukraine as states under direct threat of the military aggression of the Russian Federation.

In addition, Dr. Targalski discussed the modern geopolitical conjecture in the world: Intermarium as a probable alternative of the EU; Kremlin’s lobbies inside Visegrad 4, the importance of overcoming Hungarian-Ukrainian transborder issues in particular; the threat of the alliance between Germany-led EU and the Russian Federation; improbability of the war between Russia and China as countries interested in expelling the US from Eurasia; high chances for the interethnic clashes in Germany, and more.

The next speaker, Dariusz Materniak, founder of The Poland-Ukraine Research Centre, author of the book «LITPOLUKRBRIG: United for Peace,» referred in his speech to his own research of this international formation. The author made a fascinating excursion into the history of military cooperation between Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, having demonstrated successful campaigns, strategic advantages of such an alliance and the importance of bringing together the efforts of these states in the defense field, which was initiated by the consolidated LITPOLUKRBRIG brigade. Kyrylo Berkal, head of the Commanders Military School, and other conference participants took the author’s promise to distribute his rare book among them.

Regional Security and Defense section was concluded by Michał Marek, postgraduate student at the Ukrainian Studies Department of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The report described the current state of defense industry in Ukraine and Poland as well as addressed their possible cooperation in the future. What is important, Michał Marek discussed not only the prospects for the Polish help in the modernization of Ukrainian arms, tanks in particular, but also highlighted the obstacles to the latter, first and foremost, corruption of the current Ukrainian government.

The Section of Civil Cooperation was opened by Olexandr Alf’orov, Ph.D. in History, higher board member of the National Corps party. He elaborated on the topic of the memory policy in the countries of the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea region. Cultural space and value orientations are as important in ensuring the integrity of our region as weapons, for this is an invisible shield of the civilizational choice made by the nations of Intermarium. However, he also stated the failures of the current Ukrainian authorities which did not mark the anniversary of the restoration of Ukrainian statehood by Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky, not mentioning the celebration of military alliances of Ukraine with the countries of the region in the former century.

Continuing the topic of historical memory, the next speaker, Kęstutis Markevičius, representative of NGO «LDK palikuonys,» highlighted the practical Lithuanian-Ukrainian cooperation within the framework of the «Memory of the Nation» project. Recently, Lithuanian volunteers donated over 2,000 oak trees for planting on the Ukrainian island of Khortytsia, which symbolized the fallen defenders of Ukraine, Lithuania and the deep roots of the Lithuanian-Ruthenian historical interaction. Besides, Kęstutis Markevičius, who was recently awarded by the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė for the significant contribution to the development of the Lithuanian national memory, told the audience about the remarkable episode in the modern history of Lithuania: a solemn state funeral of the legendary commander of Forest Brothers Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, cruelly executed by the NKVD, on October 5-6.

Undoubtedly, it is impossible to talk about any unions without the development of the economic foundation of such a cooperation. That is why Director of the Institute of Roman Rybarsky, Dr. Mariusz Patey, delivered a report on the financial infrastructure of the Intermarium region, which included the historical precedents of successful economic collaboration between the countries of the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea region. The speaker also reviewed existing projects and initiatives on the economic cooperation of the region’s countries in the foreseeable future. The ideas about the establishment of the Intermarium Bank, the Intermarium Investment Fund and the Solidarity Fund aimed at financing promising start-ups turned out to be extremely interesting to the audience.

Concluding the Section of Civil Cooperation, Dmytro Doroshenko and Danyil Maiorov, head and methodist of NGO «Youth Corps,» presented unique and highly successful examples of the modern national-patriotic upbringing of children and the youth at the Azovets camp and the Descendants of the Free international camp, having invited the listeners to participate in the latter. For the proper education of the younger generation has always been and remains a top priority for the sustainable development of the state and the future of the region.

Finally, it is worth paying tribute to the moderator, Olena Semenyaka, international secretary, higher board member of National Corps, who skillfully summed up the speeches, entered interesting discussions and, most importantly, conceptually arranged and organized this event. The heart of Europe beats in the East!

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